Titled ``against decoration,'' the essay set off a controversy in the hothouse world of american poetry when it first appeared in the journal parnassus, partly because karr names some of the most. Karr’s interest in concrete language and representing lived experience has been widely noted—karr herself has written about the need for poetry to remain grounded in direct, accessible language, in her essay “against decoration,” included in her book viper rum.
Mary karr: a life saved by stories mary karr says she had one complaint when these comments will be familiar to readers of karr's essay against decoration, originally published.
Mary karr is an award-winning poet, essayist, songwriter, and memoirist from east texas she first gained attention for her controversial pushcart award-winning essay, against decoration, (reprinted in viper rum ), in which she took aim at excessive verbal ornament in poetry.
The devil’s tour poetry by mary karr in her celebrated essay “against decoration,” published in parnassus, mary karr took aim against the verbal ornaments that too often pass for poetry these days and their attendant justifications: deconstruction and a “new formalism” that elevates form as an end in itselfher own poems, she says, are “humanist poems,” written for everyday.
Mary karr (born january 16, 1955) is an american poet, essayist and memoirist from east texas karr's pushcart award-winning essay, against decoration, was originally published in the quarterly review parnassus (1991) and later reprinted in viper rum in this essay karr took a stand in favor of content over poetic style.
Mary karr in 2001 she is a controversial figure in the poetry establishment for her pushcart prize–winning 1991 essay, “against decoration,” in which she lamented the shift toward neoformalism in contemporary poetry: “the highbrow doily-making that passes for art today” by mary schmidt campbell september 6, 2018 rainer. Source: karr, mary “against decoration” in viper rum, pp 49-72 new york, ny: new directions, 1998 [in the following essay, which was originally published in parnassus magazine in 1991.