Fashion and Poets

by on Mar.31, 2011

Lisa L. Moore blogs about Kate Durbin and Gregory Orr’s ambivalent feelings about the relationship between fashion and poetry:

“Throwing fashion, a business run by gay men that caters to women, into the mix, risks undoing all that good masculinizing cultural labor. You know what? Too bad. And go Kate, Marina, Linda, and all the other genre-mixing, high-low culture-combining, irreverent and brilliant women artists who make David Orr and his ilk nervous.”

This relates not just to the gurlesque anthology’s invasion of “unsuspecting” readers with their “lowbrow” (C-level) poetry, but also to a recent post I wrote about the horror of ornamentality (which is always “excessive”) in modernism.

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