August 28, 2007KR BlogUncategorized

Ashbery to be named mtvU Poet Laureate

I found this too interesting not to share this morning–you can read an article about Ashbery’s hip new post here, and get the straight stuff from mtvU’s website here. For those who may not know–mtvU is the spin-off channel of mtv, targeted at college-age viewers (who does the other channel hope to reach?) As the Poetry Foundation points out, Ashbery is 80 years old–so this is a bit of a strange marriage. Maybe this is why this seems perfectly in-step with Ashbery’s poems? The perfect mix of content and form between the two?

In most of Ashbery’s poems, I get to some point where I’m laughing hysterically–but he often pairs his humor with some suggested emotional intensity, in the same moment. Laugh and weep. Giggle while you are awed. (Odd?)

I don’t think such moves are easy to pull off–to be in two mutually exclusive emotional spaces at once is a difficult thing to conjure. Most of us have a hard enough time trying to get our writing to deal with one emotional space.

And I can’t help but think about this new position in the same way. I want to laugh and cry.

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