Thursday, September 20, 2007

BAP: Best American what???

The 2007 BAP is out, and Jim Behrle shows us how hilarious it can be. This guy can be a riot -- and his posts on this volume show him at his best. (As for the BAP, this year, by the looks of it, shows it at its worst.) For the record (since Behrle posts a lot) I especially like this one, this one, this one and most of all, this one. "He's invented a new kind of poem for people who HATE poetry: PROSE POEMS! Short enough for stoned readers. A cute little emotional twinkee!!" When I read this, I almost fell off my chair laughing.

Jeffery Bahr, meanwhile, breaks down the BAP socio-economically, demographically, in terms of batting averages and bases on balls. (No kidding -- well, almost.) He even has an overall team standing: this ongoing breakdown of literary journals with relation to BAP.

So if you want to make a name for yourself & get on the USA poetry scoreboard, these are the ones to send to.

I wonder if Bahr'll tackle the Norton next? (The posterity scoreboard.)

These links courtesy of C Dale Young, by the way.

No comments: