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The literary world loves a bright new thing. Even when these bright new things are invariably white American males …
White American male Ben Lerner was one of the bright young things of 2011 (yeah, I know – it’s a while ago now … ). 465 more words
All the Books You Don't Have to Worry About Reading Anymore Once You've Been Chucked by "Literary White Guy®"
Call me ignorant or bitter–or both–but a girl’s got to do what she can sometimes to find the silver lining in being chucked by a token “literary white guy®.” Some might even posit that being chucked is the silver lining itself. 1,350 more words
Ben Lerner, The Hatred of Poetry:
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Plato is a poet who stays closest to poetry because he refuses all actual poems. Every existing poem is a lie, and Plato “reads” the claims made on behalf of those poems and refutes them in order to promote an endless dialectical conversation that is reason over the false representation that is an actual poem.