April 11, 2012

Stealing 'poetry month' thunder: Snooki, Kanye West, Rex Ryan

Poems by Kanye West, Snooki and ... Rex Ryan?

Published: Monday, April 09, 2012, 8:08 AM Updated: Monday, April 09, 2012, 1:38 PM
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So all I'm saying is me dipsomaniac
As well as descending down
That's how we am when we party
Though the little of the things we do is,
like, "Really, Nicole?"

These lines are from "The Anthology of Really Important Modern Poetry" (Workman Publishing, $11.95). Their author was born in 1987, the anthology notes, and she is from "The Reality School" of poets, those "voices of the often unheard, 'regular folks,' who also are the so-called stars of what may be considered modern cinema verité."

Well, if you consider "Jersey Shore" to be documentary filmmaking. Because the poet is Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi. She keeps good company in this anthology, which is filled with notables such as Donald Trump, Rex Ryan, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kim Kardashian, Flavor Flav, Charlie Sheen and John Madden. Just in time for National Poetry Month, the volume positions celebrity soundbites in a new light, one of unwitting ... profundity.

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