FINDING THE RIGHT ANALOGY FOR TODAY’S CENSORS
WHO are the Poetry Cops? How do we best describe them?
We’ve already used the pod person analogy from “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.” Close, but incomplete. How about Programmed Robots? Blackballers use stock phrases and code words as if the phrases had been programmed into them.
SPEAKING of which, there’s this. A Poetry Cop?
Their biggest mistake? Calling her a lady.
“That’s no business, that’s social injustice.”
The “Mean Girls” analogy has already been put forward–
FINALLY, we come to the most accurate parallel: Carry Nation:
–and her acolytes:
The cause may have changed, but the impulse remains the same: Stamp out bad behavior and the hint of untoward words, opinions and ideas wherever they’re found. BAN THEM!
Beneath the silliness is a core truth. Freedom of expression is a value for the public-at-large. But for the artist, the writer, the musician, the poet, it’s VITAL. It’s everything.
Begin restricting language, the free expression of opinions and ideas, and you kill art.
“Poets in Name Only”
When you’re squealing and snitching and stoolin’ and lying,
when banning other writers takes up all of your time,
Hunting down opinions different from your own,
not thinking of the damage and destruction you have sown.
You’ve lost your credibility, poetical integrity.
You’d like another target, another carcass on your wall;
Kill ALL the other poets you’ll be the fairest of them all–
but the portrait in your closet says your cause is gonna stall.
We don’t want your duplicity, mendacious mediocrity.
It’s ego it’s ambition it’s politics it’s pose,
narcissistic bonfires of art is how you want to close.
Keep your hellish attitudes, your social justice platitudes. . . .
-Karl Wenclas, New Pop Lit NEWS