Um, care to elaborate on the background to this?
Yes, I am also intrigued...backstory, puh-lease?
2005-02-18 08:01 pm (UTC)
I love this line on his retraction page:
it's got some problems i can't quit fix
Geezus, I should bloody well say so!
Solipsistic much? Just ew to that character.
This embodies all that I hate about poetry slams, actually.
Sister Spit in particular seems to be an endless string of pampered rich white girls complaining about how hard their lives are, while interjecting laughable claims to oppression cred.
*Makes the W on my forehead*
it's pretty meta-. he can apparently write something exploitative, get told, write something about getting told, and exploit it. i can't even think of an analogy for that. i do, however, have an aluminum crutch in my trunk.
it's SO meta-. and he just doesn't get it what's wrong with it--including the lines that he virtually LIFTED out of cas' poems. i mean, if he were alluding to something easily identifiable my most of the population, like, say, shakespeare, that would be one thing. instead it smells less like allusion and more like plagiarism. and that's only ONE of the problems with that particular cow patty.
yeah, i think he just got a talking-to from the subject of said poem.
again, of course. i think he's gotten the talking-to before.
yeah i hope he writes another one that is all
"cas, i remember the poem i wrote
imagining our childhoods as ghetto and shit
until you told me that wasn't cool, and also
you didn't grow up in the ghetto
eating collards and drinking li'l hugs, as i imagined.
so i wrote another poem about how
i was totally wrong, and you showed me the way,
and also how i am awesome for learning
that not all black people are The Jeffersons.
now you have called me and told me not to read that poem
and i want to say that i have learned another lesson
about reading meta-meta-white-meta-ghetto-meta-black-friend-havin'
meta-white-meta-ghetto poems at fake black-white readings
where poets get oppressed, even though Def Poetry
is not affiliated with PSI.
i have learned.
Cas, i have learned."
p.s. i totally grew up drinking li'l hugs
fuuuuck. do it to it!! i really respect that. there's way too much political pussyfooting going on these days. go cas!!!
methinks you should post the text of "imani" and perhaps "le pain perdu" in your journal for a little compare-and-contrast.
It's funny that he deleted the anonymous comment that said something to the effect of:
"It's all good" is a phrase people use when it's not all good, but they don't care.
HA!!! This is the most hilarious thing I've read all day. I was trying to stay out of it (with not even a hint of irony) but fuckit. You understand this in EXACTLY the way BPE refuses to. Why is it so fuckin' hard to understand? But no...I'M THE ASSHOLE!!! Good grief.
it's all fileable under the grand scheme that also includes such hits as But I Have A Gay Friend So It's Okay and She Knows I'm Joking When I Call Her a Ho, which have varying degrees of okay-ness and are only acceptable in strictly limited contexts. or: he better check himself before he wriggedy-wreck himself.
This (fear of plagiarism) is why I never post finished work, or even rough drafts, in LJ. (If I had the balls to do submissions more than once every other blue moon that might be significant... but I don't, so it ain't.)
that's the thing--the poems being referenced aren't new, weren't published on LJ. they were published in a chapbook and performed at the national poetry slam 6 years ago (when their two teams tied for first place). these two were/are friends. one just decided to exploit the friendship.
I guess it was on the theory that a mass audience (i.e. HBO watchers) wouldn't be savvy enough to catch him biting.
the sad thing? he thinks his poem is a compliment.
sometimes, i think "wrong" is his middle name.