Monday, September 29, 2008

Translation Politics & Poetry

When I read this:

"That's why I say I, like every American I'm speaking with, were ill about this position that we have been put in where it is the taxpayers looking to bail out. But ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the health-care reform that is needed to help shore up our economy, helping the--it's got to be all about job creation, too, shoring up our economy and putting it back on the right track. So health-care reform and reducing taxes and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions and tax relief for Americans. And trade, we've got to see trade as opportunity, not as a competitive, scary thing. But one in five jobs being created in the trade sector today, we've got to look at that as more opportunity. All those things under the umbrella of job creation. This bailout is a part of that."

Sarah Palin in an interview with Katie Couric when asked about the $700 billion bailout.

It made me think of this--

"I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because, uhmmm, some people out there in our nation don't have maps and uh, I believe that our, I, education like such as, uh, South Africa, and uh, the Iraq, everywhere like such as, and I believe that they should, uhhh, our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S., uh, should help South Africa, it should help the Iraq and the Asian countries so we will be able to build up our future, for us."

Miss South Carolina in the Miss USA pagent after being asked why a fifth of Americans could not locate the United States on a world map,

They are both beauty queens, but one of them is running for VP. Can you guess which one by their answers? Ah, welcome to the Land of the Catchphrase where you don't have to think before you speak.


"That's why I say it makes me think about poetry and how the language of metaphor is almost simile. So Walt Whitman, Shakespeare (aka sonnet face), they've got to go, shoring up poetry and putting it back on the right track not just double-dactyls and villenelles. We're ill about the position we've been placed in and I'm not sure our poetic license is valid. And space, there's worry there's not enough room in the poetry world. Dickinson. Plath. We've got to view them as opportunity and not a competitive, scary thing. So the poetry reviews are really formalists in pajamas. Randall Jarrell. I say Free Billy Collins, like every American poet speaking in iambic pentameter, it's got to all be about free verse, reining in submissions, sestinas, we've seen enough of those with their repetitive words, but ultimately, one in five poets are daydreaming, we've got to look at that reform. All those things under the umbrella of poem creation. And this one time, at poetry camp, I stuck a pen..."

Poet X when asked how she views the state of poetry today.


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