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Have you ever read “The Wasteland,” and thought, this poem would be a lot better if T.S. Eliot had put in a crazy rabbit and a caterpillar smoking hookah?
Look no farther than poet Ann Lauterbach’s “Alice in the Wasteland.” That’s right, Lewis Carroll’s little blonde heroine wanders into Modernist verse.
Lauterbach will be lecturing tonight at 6 p.m. in the Thompson Room of the Barker Center. Preview her verse—and analysis of what makes bad poetry bad— after the jump.
From a Boston Review essay:
Bad poetry, I would submit, asks questions, raises issues, makes complaints, marks territories. Bad poetry does not take on the more difficult task, where the question and its answer are as one… Or put it this way: the poem is an answer to a question or questions no one, including the poet, had thought to ask.