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Was Oscar Wilde 200+ years ahead of his time? Probably. The man was so galaxy brain we don’t even need to make memes about him, everything he said is already practically a meme. You’ve gotta appreciate the sheer brilliant nonsense. Here’s some relatable content, all the way from the 1900s.
Well, if they tempt you, what are you really supposed to do? Not give in? I don’t think so. We’re going to be out here, living our most decadent and ridiculous lives, just like he would have wanted. You’ve got to live your best life, and sometimes that means making whatever choices are offered.
I mean, if you’re going to be stabbed, at least you can do it like bros. It would be the polite thing to do. Murder doesn’t have to end a friendship. And who even said anything about murder? What are a few knife wounds between friends? It’s an allegory for betrayal anyway. Brotrayal?
‘Nuff said. Or is it? Damn you, Wilde.
Just living that cat life, writing decadent horror stories and being the icon of the century. Bored? Never. Just got things to do. What things? Who cares? If he’s doing it, he’s going to make it cool. He’s pulling off that haircut, for goodness’ sake.
Not to be controversial, but — valid. I mean, Wilde’s life was not an easy one, so being denied something he never wanted anyway isn’t a big deal. It’s catchy and amusing, but Wilde is rejecting shame. Funny though. Honestly.
Of course, we’ve all got legions of enemies (citation needed), so any advice a dead poet can give is going to change all of our lives for the better. Plus, this is a satisfying move. It’s low effort, and as well as getting your revenge, you get to be very smug while doing it.
This is not as much a funny one, but it is one of my all-time favorites and always good when you’re having a moment, which is all the time for me. It’s the sort of pleasant, post-nihilistic sentiment we can always use, especially in strange times.
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If you’re wondering what poetry to read, look no further. Here’s a shortlist of five niche offerings for this year, released and forthcoming. Light enough to throw in your bag and rich enough to spend hours on, this is the best of small and breakout poets.
Alyan’s book explores her life as it is now, while also wandering through the earlier years of her life with a tone of distant, soft-focus nostalgia. Spanning nations and years, this spare, lyrical, and highly personal, Twenty-Ninth Year uses highly individual stories to capture some element of the human experience and growing older.
“It takes a romantic to leave a city; I understand this now.” Hala Alyan, The Twenty-Ninth Year
Baird’s poetry is characterized by sparsity and organization, and covers girlhood, culture, and identity. It’s an exploration of the things we overlook, the things we make of ourselves, compassion, and how we forgive others and ourselves. It’s a record of healing, from the one side of suffering to the end of the tunnel.
“You do not owe your progress to anyone.” Blythe Baird, If My Body Could Speak
Von Radics writes with patience and with astounding feeling. Compassion, heartbreak, and survival are measured out and deployed with the most precise diction. This is the hard work after you’ve gotten through the heart of something unbearable, but triumphant. It’s not about the moment, but about all the moments after, when you’re stronger but still reaching for the light.
“No one else can decide what your tough looks like.” Clementine von Radics, In a Dream You Saw a Way to Survive
This book is forthcoming August 20th, but you can expect Gatwood’s passion and her reverence for the mundane. She writes about youth and about looking back, about the things we overlook, about the ugly things we do that aren’t really so bad. This is a book about fear, but Gatwood never lets fear get of the best of her.
“I want to know what it means to survive something.” Olivia Gatwood, Life of the Party
This book is forthcoming October 1st, and you definitely have to pick it up. Twohy’s poetry is modern and funny and tragic and electric. It dissects the strangeness of life, of loss, of becoming someone else. It takes not just the ordinary but the boring and makes it into something worth thinking about, something that tells you more about yourself. Her topics may not initially seem like the basis for poems, but she always finds the through line of universal feeling.
“You’ve just never seen the close-up of a haunting.” Brenna Twohy, Swallowtail
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Who says poetry is dead? Not the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The charitable organization just donated a $1 million dollar grant to the Academy of American Poets today. The grant is intended to help the Academy’s Poetry Coalition.
Elizabeth Alexander, president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation | Image Via The New York Times
According to the Academy’s official website, the Poetry Coalition is a national alliance of poetry organizations in eleven cities that are “dedicated to working together to promote the value poets bring to our culture.” Members of the coalition come from states such as New York, New Jersey, Chicago, California, and Washington D.C.
The grant will support the Coalition’s programming, which consists of panels, readings, and public events all centered around a theme of social importance chosen in March. Founded in 1934, The Academy Of American Poets continues to promote the art of poetry all over the country. They are also the creators of Poets.org and National Poetry Month.
The Andrew W. Mellon Organization, founded in 1969, is dedicated to promoting and preserving the arts and humanities as well as promote higher education across the United States.
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