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Poets House Gets Kitschy

By Harriet Staff

It's either awesomely avant or it's kitsch... or kitsch is avant?... or avant is kitsch?... Well, if you're confused too and in New York on October 20th, head over to Poets House to hear Johannes Göransson, Joyelle McSweeney, Sianne Ngai, and Daniel Tiffany talk about all things kitsch. From the PH website:

Kitsch is a way of describing certain kinds of seemingly trivial, yet treasured, objects in material culture, and poetry has a crucial role in its history. Our panel of poets and theorists will sample poetic forgery, melodrama, pet epitaphs, queer idylls and fortune cookies as part of this history. The panelists will take up the question of whether poetic kitsch is still the antithesis of the avant-garde—or the leading edge of artistic experiment.

Details about the event after the jump.