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On the Sexiness of Plagiarism

So... maybe Melania Trump's speech had a super model in Michelle Obama. Okay. But, let's remember that plagiarism has a great and longstanding tradition in politics. The two go together like Bonnie & Clyde... or like gin & tonic. We could go further, though. Plagiarism also has a great, longstanding history and relationship with literature. Even classic literature. I'm not citing examples here because I don't want a heady swarm of my academic friends and colleagues bombarding me with protestations. (If that is you? Don't do it... Not unless you bring a bottle of tequila over.) So, everybody take a breath. Trump and his ridiculously lovely wife are not, necessarily, the end of the world. They

O Walt! My Whitman!

This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul; and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the riches

If You Must...

"Poetry makes you famous without an audience, an abstract or kind of photo-fame." ~ Ben Lerner I just finished reading Ben Lerner's essay/book, "The Hatred of Poetry." And... man... sheesh... wow. Okay, so that's not helpful. But here's what I will say... This book is not for people who enjoy poetry. It is not even for those who enjoy writing it. However... for anyone who wants to "be" a poet? Then... I'm afraid... you have no choice.

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