Saturday, August 27, 2005

Kakistos, the worst of the worst

In Douglas Adams's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, we learn about the worst poetry in the galaxy. The idea that there could be a worst poet or poem is interesting - certainly one comes across famously bad poems in books about poetry, but not the sort of stuff that makes one think, That's as bad as it gets and couldn't be worsened. In the same sense, you're not going to read anything better than, say, Keats's ode "To Autumn", or, apropos, Hopkins's "No Worst, There Is None". But here commenter xanax points me to my "worst nightmare".

Interestingly enough, I encountered the worst of the worst food just Thursday: spam sushi.



Anonymous xanax said...

rilkefan: i used to stop in at poemzone (or ryhmezone) or whatever it's called (strictly speaking, it's really neither) from time to time just to see what the kids were up to. but i soon reached full saturation - the point where i just couldn't take one more "rap battle" or "battle rap" or whatever they call it.

but, i must say, for all those kids lack in skill & artistry, they certainly make up for in ego.

27/8/05 20:07  
Blogger rilkefan said...

They already lost me at "poemzone" - that's like all the crappy pop songs that rhyme phone and home.

27/8/05 20:40  

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