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April 04, 2012


Sharon Mesmer is the rockin'est chick poet in the universe, but I must correct one misstatement on the interviewer's part. Flarf doesn't make fun of "nude, morbidly obese double amputee[s]."

Oh, Hyperpoesia, finally, someone calls me on my amputee! 1) I am very skeptical that an amputee has never stumbled through a Flarf poem 2) just because you hit someone in the face with a dirt clod doesn't mean you don't love them (maybe s/he's consenting), a 3) yeah, I went for it. Thanks for noticing. My mind searched for the most transgressive image it could find—without using sex toys—and that's what it delivered. And now I realize: I was possessed by the power of Flarf. At first, I wanted to play it safe, and then, I was like, "I'm writing about Flarf! There's NOTHING I can't say." I've never even been able to include an amputee in my own poetry for fear of alienating people, but when Flarf's in the house, I can take a bath in a tub of mule semen! No wonder it swept our country like the hula hoop!

Thank you for sharing this. I must say that "The Swiss Just Do Whatever" was interesting and original.

Kung Fu Panda is one of my favorites. It;s for the whole family to see.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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