Poetry bailout announced

This is quite fun. From Harper’s magazine: “Poetry Bailout Will Restore Confidence of Readers”, by Charles Bernstein:

As you know, the glut of illiquid, insolvent, and troubled poems is clogging the literary arteries of the West. These debt-ridden poems threaten to infect other areas of the literary sector and ultimately to topple our culture industry.

Cultural leaders have come together to announce a massive poetry buyout: leveraged and unsecured poems, poetry derivatives, delinquent poems, and subprime poems will be removed from circulation in the biggest poetry bailout since the Victorian era. We believe the plan is a comprehensive approach to relieving the stresses on our literary institutions and markets.

Though as Bernstein is quick to add, “the fundamentals of our poetry are sound”.

Anyway, if I remember correctly, the poetry bailout already happened a few years ago

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6 Responses to Poetry bailout announced

  1. Thomas says:

    I remember that earlier bailout. Folks at Poetry were just punch-drunk. Normally we don’t see that much money unless we embezzel it from the companies that give us our day jobs…

  2. Rick Ritchie says:

    Some are claiming that if they hold onto the poems long enough, they’ll be worth more. “Look at Paradise Lost!” they argue. But I’m skeptical. I think they just want someone to hand them a blank verse.

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  4. Kimbo says:

    Bailout 2008, a poem by David Jeffrey:

    Like a bloodied warrior,
    laying broken and torn.

    Like a dying soldier, hopeless and forlorn.

    But the blood, it be green,
    the color of money.

    And the soldier is an economy,
    and it is anything but funny.

    Broken are it’s people and shattered are their dreams.

    Thanks to the ultra rich and their full proof schemes.

    It is a tragedy with more pain to come.

    Finance will be Hell, and their wills will be done.

  5. Kimbo says:

    Bailout 2008, a poem by David Jeffrey:

    Like a bloodied warrior,
    laying broken and torn.

    Like a dying soldier, hopeless and forlorn.

    But the blood, it be green,
    the color of money.

    And the soldier is an economy,
    and it is anything but funny.

    Broken are it’s people and shattered are their dreams.

    Thanks to the ultra rich and their full proof schemes.

    It is a tragedy with more pain to come.

    Finance will be Hell, and their wills will be done.

  6. Tyler Durden says:

    I love David Jeffrey poems!!

    David Jeffrey rocks

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