Jan. 17th, 2017

sabotabby: (books!)
I know it ranks pretty low on the things that are shit about the tangerine bezoar, but y'all have to read the inaugural poem—that's a thing? I guess it's a thing—by Famous Lyric Poet You've Never Heard Of, Joseph Charles MacKenzie. It contains such gems as the following:
True friend of the migrant from both far and near,
He welcomes the worthy, but guards our frontier,
Lest a murderous horde, for whom hell is the norm,
Should threaten our lives and our nation deform.
And my absolute favourite:
Academe now lies dead, the old order rots,
No longer policing our words and our thoughts;
Its ignorant hirelings pretending to teach
Are backward in vision, sophomoric in speech.
Now we learnèd of mind add ourselves to the crowd
That cheers on the Domhnall, the best of MacLeod!
§ The refrains at the end of each stanza are to be recited by the Inaugural crowd.


You can read the whole thing here. It is not a good poem.

The real comedy gold, however, lies in the website of Trumpistan's newly appointed Poet Laureate and State Propagandist. Go, feast your eyes upon the majesty. I understand that it may be hard to find a poet willing to write such a ballad announcing the crowning of our Orange and Saviour, given that the good poets mainly lean left, fed, as they are, on arts grants and food stamps. The best the Trumplings could do band-wise was fucking 3 Doors Down. But this guy:
One of my professors, an Oxonian named Charles Bell, indicated that some of my sonnets surpassed many of Shakespeare’s. Indeed, a sequence of 154 sonnets I had then completed later received First Place in the Long Poem Section of the Scottish International Poetry Competition.

joseph mckenzie shakespeare

You have boycotted modernist so-called "poetry" for over half a century, but arrogant publishers have ignored your rejection of pseudo-intellectual nonsense in chopped-up prose.

Backward old elites have censored traditional lyric poetry because it clashes with their Marxist-totalitarian world view. The result has been complete censorship of traditional lyric verse and the loss of the ability to produce it.
This is what I mean about how art under authoritarian regimes is typically Not Very Good.

Fortunately for all of us, an actual Scottish writer has responded, no doubt echoing the sentiments of most of his countrymen. After all, these are a people who famously welcomed Trump thusly:

trump is a cunt

Take it away, Hal Duncan.

From Scotland With Love )

In cheerier news, Obama commuted Chelsea Manning's sentence. So that's something.


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