in today's poetry. Here's the excerpt that stopped me in my tracks.
'But what we’ve learned from this and from foreign books
like R's Boat, Bardy Google, Eunoia, Flatlands and other disasters
is that we’ve got to build smarter, more resilient language infrastructure
that can protect our conversations and communications,
and withstand more powerful epics and even flarf.'
When I read that last line I laughed, farted and barfed. All over my poor little poetry maker, which was already busted. But, cleaned up, it obliged me with this description from Wikipedia.
'Flarf poetry is an avant garde poetry movement of the early 21st century. The term Flarf was coined by the poet Gary Sullivan, who also wrote and published the earliest Flarf poems. Its first practitioners, working in loose collaboration on an email listserv, used an approach that rejected conventional standards of quality and explored subject matter and tonality not typically considered appropriate for poetry. One of their central methods, invented by Drew Gardner, was to mine the Internet with odd search terms then distill the results into often hilarious and sometimes disturbing poems, plays and other texts. Pioneers of the movement include Jordan Davis, Katie Degentesh, Drew Gardner, Nada Gordon, Mitch Highfill, Rodney Koeneke, Michael Magee, Sharon Mesmer, Mel Nichols, Michael Paradis, K. Silem Mohammad, Rod Smith, Gary Sullivan and others.'
There's a word that will definitely float around for a while.