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  • Poem

    Men say they know many things;
    But lo! they have taken wings—
    The arts and sciences,
    And a thousand appliances;
    The wind that blows
    Is all that any body knows.

    ~ Henry David Thoreau

    (in context)

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Gil Childers + Britney’s hair = Poetry + Entertainment

Posted by Matthew on March 20, 2007

Again today, entertainment is the key. I just discovered the blog of one Gilchrest Childers this morning, and I’m still laughing. Doesn’t that make his poetry worth something and significant? A joke is not poetry, but what Gil’s doing is, and it has the bonus of making me laugh. Think about it. Would you rather read through The Waste Land than Britney, your head.? One’s mood often prevails in choosing poetry to read in leisure, and who among us is more often in a Waste Land mood than in the mood for an intelligent laugh? And no, my point here is not that Gil’s poetry is better than Eliot’s, because it’s probably not. I’m just saying that it’s definitely valuable as poetry, due in no small part to its entertainment value, and it should be considered as such.

Poem: Britney, your head., by Gil Childers
Thoreau: March 20,1841


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