Monday, March 06, 2006

Close Reading Assignment

Joshua Clover draws our attention to the work of Ryan G. Van Cleave. It was possible to find what looks like the title track of The Magical Breasts of Britney Spears, of which Billy Collins blurbs as follows.

By writing so unabashedly about the glitter, the effluvia, the very Britney of contemporary American life, Ryan Van Cleave may have shortened the shelf-life of these poems, but few readers of today will be able to resist his supercharged language and unbound satirical exuberance.

It got me thinking about why I like Kasey Mohammad's "Wallace Stevens" in Deer Head Nation, which Charles Bernstein blurbed "this vibrant, hilarious, and often chilling rearticulation of the culture that defines-unless we define it first."

Explication de texte later.

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