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Writer's Block: Poetry

I got off work early yesterday since I had nothing else to do, so I went home and promptly rotted my brain watching ridiculous MTV reality shows. I saw a few I'd never watched before, and I must say, I'm amazed at the stuff MTV is airing these days.

- Paris Hilton's New BFF: Wow. First, competitive reality shows made a mockery of love and marriage. Now they make a mockery of friendship. Then again, I pity anyone who takes reality shows seriously. Or Paris Hilton, for that matter. Clearly the contestants are quite brain-dead, because you'd have to be pretty desperate to want to be best friends with someone who's controlling and manipulative and judges you for the way you look. That asian genderbender guy amuses me, though. And what's with that girl who looks like a 6-year-old crack whore in a bad wig? This might be one of those trashy shows I end up watching to feel a lot better about myself.

- Sex... With Mom and Dad: Ok, first of all, they should really reword the title, for obvious reasons. Second, I'm amazed (but not surprised ) that they made a show about one of the most awkward things ever. I mean, I suppose it's good that this therapist guy is helping parents and teens discuss sex, and it's good for people to see that communication helps and all, but is it really necessary to televise such personal stuff? Oh wait, in this generation, nothing is personal any more. Right.

- Exiled: Ok, now I do like the concept of this show. They take those spoiled brats from My Super Sweet 16 and send them off to another part of the world where the people aren't going to pamper them. It's a real eye-opener for these kids who think they can cruise through life on Daddy's tab, only to find that there are people in this world who *gasp* live differently, *gasp* work for a living, and *big gasp* don't give a damn about what you look like, how much money your family has, and if you only drink bottled water. Plus, it's good to show how other people of the world live, and I like learning about other cultures. In the episode I watched, this girl went to Peru (which was just beautiful), and a native girl there put her to work doing all sorts of things. She was pretty rude most of the time (if someone makes you their country's specialty, you accept it as an honor and don't complain, even if it was a cute fuzzy guinea pig an hour ago), but they eventually got through to her somewhat. And now I want to go to Peru.

And now, for something that's slightly more meaningful...

Today in 1955 Allen Ginsberg read his generation-defining poem "Howl" in public for the first time. It’s hard to imagine a poem having the same widespread impact today. Is poetry irrelevant to the best minds of our generation?

I don't think it's irrelevant. I see poetry as one of many outlets for creative expression (along the lines of paintings, novels, installations, etc.), and all outlets have the potential to affect people on a large scale. The thing is, it's very hard to write good poetry, and you often have to wade through a lot of cliche "the world sucks" or "I love my boyfriend" drivel to find the good stuff. I don't write poetry very often, but many of my good friends are poets (a few are even amazing poets), and I studied poetry in several college classes. I don't really read poetry very often unless it was written by one of my favorite poets, mostly because I kind of got sick of it in college. Then again, Chris Bakken and I have very different tastes in literature...
Tags: allen ginsberg, howl, poetry, writer's block

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