February 23, 2012

Pulitzer-winning poet Louise Glück posts 5-star Yelp review of cleaning service


Or actually, to be more exact, her assistant posted the review for her. (Via The Poetry Foundation)

Here it is:

Assuming these are actually her words, Glück’s Yelp shares with her poetry a passion for clean and glittering things. Here’s a stanza from her poem ”A Summer Garden”:

Freshly polished and glittering—
that was the world. Dust
had not yet erupted on the surface of things

And for those who can’t get enough of literary Yelps, real or imagined, mouse on over to Yelping With Cormac, a Tumblr devoted to the desolation-infused web-reviews of the author of Blood Meridian. 


SOMA – San Francisco, CA

Cormac M. | Author | Lost in the chaparral, NM

Three stars.

See that false burrito. See it swaddled in tinfoil on the desk in the bowels of that great tower, a bundle of meat and sauce in a place long ago ceded to silicone and copper. The stooped man eating that peasant food as if in consuming it he can escape to a farmfield in a verdant valley and look down and see blood running from his blisters and say, yes this is work. This is work. Instead his hands are clawlike and ruined by the keyboard and the mouse for he is a thing of bone and sinew in a sprawling contraption electric and of man’s creation but not of man at all. And were he to saw his breast open with that plastic knife and soak the carpet black with his hot blood and were he to look ceilingward like some stigmatic enraptured and with the bellows of his lungs let forth a soaring wail in that subbasement his screams would be swallowed by the acoustic panels and repulsed by the good steel door as if he had made no sound and spilled no blood at all.