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A review of the 2013 edition of Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology in the American political magazine The Nation called out flarf poetry composed using Google results as The Big Ugly Thing That Totally Ruined Poetry. It couldnt be denied that flarfs inclusion in the Norton was a demarcation point for contemporary poetry, a threshold crossed. But by the time the anthology was published, flarf in its original form was dead: Google had changed its algorithm, and two of the collectives founding members had gotten divorced (flarf being, at its core, a feast of friends). This paper aims to introduce flarf to an international audience, and identify some of its original ingredients 9/11, the Iraq War, the American economic crash, and rage on the anniversary of the birth of flarf, September 11.
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