The Harbourfront Poetry Stage is Exactly as Bad as Slavery
“I conceived of the whole enterprise as like a group of slaves getting together and deciding, after a performance in blackface, who the slave-iest slave was, and then that slave leading the other slaves in a toast to the magnanimity of the masters.”
This is what Shane Nielson is saying today in “The Winnipeg Review” on the subject of why the Harbourfront Centre doing an all-poetry night, and inviting some of those participants to come back and do the IFOA in October, is an atrocity surpassed, or maybe only matched, by slavery. I suspect Shane wants me to rant back at him, but I’m not going to. Where do you start with someone willing to begin with the above comparison, and go further? I’m just going to post this link, and you can go read it for yourself. Some people don’t need the help of my satire.
Later on in the rant, Neilson says this about me, “Mooney was the first winner of this contest, and he has been its host ever since, upping the ironic ante: Mooney has been rewarded with a perpetual gig there, but only after choosing segregation. I am willing to bet that Harbourfront will further reward his sycophancy with a spot for his new book of poems, Folk. Subtitled: How To Get Ahead In The Short Term.”
I don’t know, man. You don’t like the event? That’s cool. I can’t imagine hating it this much, though. I hope the Winnipeg Review likes this bump in traffic they’re going to get.
The Public Segregationist