Eine Todesnachricht vom Januar, die mich erst jetzt erreicht – im Zusammenhang mit der Meldung über amerikanisches Lyrik-Sponsoring. Ich übersetze sie nicht – wer den lesen will kann es wahrscheinlich eh nur im Original:
Anselm Hollo, R.I.P.
I am very sad to have heard from Mark Johnson that Anselm Hollo died this morning.
give up your ampersands & lowercase ‘i’s
they still won’t like you
the bosses of official verse culture
(U.S. branch) but kidding aside
I motored off that map a long time ago
Those lines come from one of two poems from Anselm Hollo’s „Where if Not Here“ we published in Samizdat back in the 1990s, and they capture some of my favorite things about Hollo’s viewpoint: his lack of pretense, and his complete disregard for the laurels, prizes, and jockeying-for-position that had already become endemic in the little demimonde of American poetry.
Hollo’s grasp of the gulf between the sublimity of which poetry is capable, and the absurdities into which poets fall in pursuit of that chimera, a „career in poetry,“ made him the ideal person to hold the title of United States Anti-Laureate, to which he was elected by the Buffalo POETICS list back at the turn of the century.
Here is the announcement of his election to that position, originally posted to the POETICS list, along with his response, written to accompany the announcement when Andrei Codrescu (who happened to be visiting us at Lake Forest College when the election results came in) reprinted it in Exquisite Corpse.
*Presenting the award for United States Anti-Laureate is Miss Suzanne Somers…And the winner is… ANSELM HOLLO (Wild applause, accompanied by a murmur of discontent coming from Barrett Watten’s table). Mr. Anselm Hollo is hereby appointed UNITED STATES ANTI-LAUREATE for the year 2001 with all the ironies and contradictions appertaining there unto And remember, kids — all the real dadas are against dada.With Great Sobriety and Dignity,Robert ArchambeauHigh Commissioner United States Anti-Laureate Commission/ Samizdat Blog 29.1.