We [that’s a royal “We”] never publish a poem unless it contains at least one line that will live forever in the language. That is a bold statement - but read on. It declares that poetry is the irredeemable element in human communication, and cannot be expressed or replicated in prose. Our poems contain just enough stasis, or internal architecture of number, to maintain its monumentality impervious to age…
After five years of introducing my concepts across America, Europe, Australia, Africa and New Zealand I think the goals of my first book were successful. It forced a re-examination of how and why we write poetry in English. Those who responded with aggression or ridicule were soon discovered not to have read the book at all. They had a prior agenda with the way poetry has been written the last 50 years of the 20th century - and were not prepared to welcome a new beginning - or a different perspective. I can say with complete honesty that I never had a negative response from any person who took the trouble of reading the book over at least twice.
I can say with complete honesty that I’ve never read even one of Rendina’s poems, but the titles alone are enough to get me hard:
Mark Rendina is now my favorite poet, because he is our greatest living poet. The odd thing is, he shares his name with a serial litigant who doesn’t appear to be related, and is the only reason I googled the name “Mark Rendina” (he sued a client). And this serial litigant is himself famous. Political junkies may remember him from the 2000 election as the man who registered a domain name that should have gone to Pat Buchanan, and used it as a link site for porn.
Reading that guy’s poems only reaffirms the fact that, my fondness for Shakespeare and Keats and Yeats notwithstanding, I understand fuck-all about poetry. I don’t think it’s good but if it had the name of a famous poet on top of it I would probably assume that it was, so I apparently have no independent judgment of such matters.
I also write poetry. Seriously, it’s a hobby of mine. I’m not the greatest living poet though, although it appears that www.MostAwesomelyGreatestLivingPoet.com is still available, which would trump this guy in the way that a ninja trumps a pirate, because, y’know, the ninja is just more awesome while simultaneously being just as great.
The part of me that enjoys posting pictures of my paper-blind windows also wants to post one of my poems, so that I can be ridiculed on the interweb.
All alone on a summers night,
kill my landlord, kill my landlord.
Watch dog barking do he bite?
Kill my landlord, kill my landlord.
Slip in his window, break his neck,
Then his house I start to wreck,
Got no reason, what da heck?
Kill my landlord, kill my landlord, kill my landlord.
C-I-L-L my landlord.