This is the best Tweet I’ve seen in a long, long time.
Here’s Ms. Palmer’s poem, “A Poem for Dzhokhar.”
And here’s an excerpt:
you don’t know how orgasmic the act of taking in a lungful of oxygen is until they hold your head under the water.
you don’t know how many vietnamese soft rolls to order…
you don’t know how to tell the girl in the chair next to you that you’ve been peeking at her dissertation draft and there’s a grammatical typo in the actual file name…
you don’t know why you let that guy go without shooting him dead and stuffing him in some bushes between cambridge and watertown…
you don’t know the way to new york.
Many folks have gotten angry over the content of the poem, for trying to empathize with Dzhokahr Tsaernav, which I cannot admit to doing. Empathy is the most effective tool in our human toolbox to move us toward peace. No, Amanda Palmer can continue in that vein.
The problem with with this poem, in fact, is that it is terrible. Just. Terrible. Almost ghastly terrible. I know Amanda Palmer has many many fans, and that her brand of Amanda Fucking Palmer is popular. But I don’t understand how she manages that and this poem typifies that fact. “A Poem for Dzhokhar” is not good poetry, or jarring and affecting poetry, or even sort of face-punching alt-punk-prose poetry. There’s no interest in language, and in poetry, that’s a problem. As a result, it just sucks. An actual opportunity exists in a poem like this, to stir something deep in the consciousness of Americans, and the needless rush for vengeance and the misguided fear and terror the US embraces.
Instead, it’s another Amanda Fucking Palmer attempt at bourgeoisie concern for the plebs, and that badly. The lines read off the page like a collection of nuts and bolts rattling in a glass jar, all building towards nothing. And it makes this tweet priceless.
The poem is just another piece on the pile I call, “really, Amanda Palmer?” Stacked neatly on top of her kickstarter abuse.
I don’t know Amanda Palmer. But man, I can’t stand Amanda Fucking Palmer.