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Jorie Graham

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Added by: Susie
its a bit long and BORING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Added by: Kellarp Wilson
Jorie Graham poems are rarely obvious, and like the best poems, they lead the reader to wonderful aha-moments. They cry out for intelligent critiques.
Added by: jenni
Jorie Graham is the most overrated poet in America. Her tone is superficial and pretentious. She is boring. Her tone is like, "Sit my ignorant child and let me teach you about mysticism." Give me a break.
Added by: Roman
None of you know what you are talking about. This is a brilliant and inspiring poem, filled with philosophical symbolism that sadly, just happens to be outside of the average person's capacity to understand.
Added by: Allison
I just have to agree with Roman. Jorie Graham's poems go to a level deeper than some can understand. If one were to literally define or judge her work before attempting to listen, then one would not receive the same pleasure as I do.
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Added by: Alphonse
Jorie Graham is successful as a poet in america because she caters to people who like to think they can understand at a deeper level than everyone else. Notice how the comments by ramon and and whoever the girl was have nothing to say about the poem itself, just that they are capable of understanding it. It's no surprise that nobody in the world feels the need to quote poetry like this, it has so little to say.
Added by: Brittany
I also thing that jorie grahams poems are deep and full of symbolism, I think that you have to look beyond the words to truly understand what she is trying to tell you.
Added by: celan
At least this is less twee than some of her other efforts
boring and obvious
Added by: Zach
Yes, this poem is baggy and dull--as all the others by this poet at this site seem to be. Contrary to the condescending remarks made by some in defense of it, it is not particularly complex or philosophical. It's versified Philosophy Lite, which anyone who's read beyond the standard curriculum of Philosophy 101 courses should be able to tell. You want profound philosophical insights in American poetry? Stick to Stevens or Dickinson, because Graham is not up to snuff.
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Added by: Sara
I have to agree with both Alison AND Roman. It's funny, as a philosophy major and a web-addict, I sometimes check ratemyprofessors.com to see what other students are responding to. My favorite activity is to go to the teachers I like best and to see if the other students felt the same. I don't mind differing opinions, but when i see comments like "BORING AND THOUGHT HE WAS SO SMART AND HE WAS PRETENTIOUS," I can't help sighing and wondering what went wrong. Jorie Graham's poems are truly inspired, but they are difficult, and I have spent two years with a collection of her poems wading through each. I did not come to Graham because I heard of her genius, I stumbled upon her in a bookstore and found her (and it) myself. It is so unfortunate that others aren't willing to spend time to do the same.

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