Sunday, August 24, 2008

Mediocrity













Is not randomly distributed. True mediocrity
Like genius, aggregates into nodes. By themselves
A dozen mediocrities amount to nothing, but put them together
And you have a department.

-- Tom Disch, "Orientating Mr. Blank"

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See my post on "kneejerk poetics" over on Harriet today.

2 comments:

Michael Robbins said...

Just a quick note to say thanks a lot for inspiring me to spend more money I don't have on books. That first Janet Frame poem you posted now lives in my head, so I finally gave in. Oh, & then there's The Poems of J. V. Cunningham -- yet more money I wouldn't have spent if it weren't for yr damned blog.

Which is to say I'm glad you're sticking it out here.

Ms Baroque said...

I love this. It is a pre-work present for my day. I'll be blogging more on him soon, too.