Re: [rumori] lars ulrich, champion of poets

Andrew Lander (
Wed, 24 May 2000 08:47:10 PDT

>Subject: Re: [rumori] lars ulrich, champion of poets
>Date: Tue, 23 May 2000 09:33:17 -0400
>I think I missed the point, andrew. What if the poem was written by hand by
>Walt Whitman? Doesn't it matter who wants the paper anyway?
>AH! The "Definite" value is lost..... is THAT the point?

I don't want to get off the list's topic for too long, but the point is that
poetry, from a capitalist standpoint, is, in the vast majority of cases,
worse than worthless. Being a poet myself, I can vouch for that. It
actually costs (postage, envelopes, Writer's Market, sampling publications,
ISP, web space) to get published for most of us. Books of poetry are not
big sellers (unless you also happen to be an attractive young folk/pop
singer). My own opinion is that all this makes poetry inherently
subversive. (And that that in turn is why conservatives tend to make rotten

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