Tuesday, June 5, 2012

I really hate Google sometimes

It would appear that something I shared in Google Reader in 2010 now shows up as a "Buzz" post somehow attached to my Google profile. (Click to enlarge.)




I don't necessarily agree with everything I share (or shared, since Google Reader no longer allows sharing) or link to or quote; sometimes I just think it's amusing or interesting. I don't remember why I shared this particular post but it certainly wasn't because I had or have any beef with Adam Fieled; I don't know him personally and I'm not even familiar with his work, critical or creative. It's probably because I liked this sentiment, abstracted from whatever it originally had to do with Adam Fieled:
If Fieled wants to see a different kind of poetry in the world, all he has to do is write it, or spread it where he finds it in the writing of others ... Seeing poetry you don’t like isn’t a reason for a revolution; it’s a reason to go read a different book. 
The problem is that Google makes it look like I wrote the thing, which I most certainly did not. It's from Critique Manque, the blog of Morgan Myers (I believe).

I've now heard from a couple of sources that this is being passed around on Facebook and attributed to me. If any of my dear readers happen to see this thread, could you please point out that I am not in fact the author? I haven't yet figured out how to wipe those Google Reader shares from the Internet without deleting my whole Google profile, which I can't do because it's linked to something I need for work.

In sum: I didn't write "The Conspiracy Against Growing the Hell Up Already." Google sucks.

UPDATE: An anonymous friend just sent me this screenshot:



Hi, Adam Fieled. All you have to do is click this link to see the original source of the post. Or check the Google results for the title of the post, in quotes. Pretty easy to verify. That's the source. I didn't write it. Check your meltdown.

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  1. I found a few of his poems online and appreciated them actually, so I don't know why he's being a dink about this. good poets ought to try to be good people, too.

    If this were court instead of kerfuffle your version of events would stand. And I like your poetry more. So there.

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    1. good poets ought to try to be good people, too

      I like that theory. Thanks Rusty

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  2. This is a shame. It's the Google interface, not you, that made it look like you wrote this. It's clear at the top it's from Critique Manique. Sadly, Fieled is making himself look insane.

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    1. Yes, and now it's starting to look like he doesn't even care if I wrote it, because admitting I'm not all that familiar with his work was enough to put me on the throat-slitting list?

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  3. That throat-slitting comment was really disgusting. As is his endless self-promotion and intense anger that the world is just too stupid to recognize his brilliance. Ah, Google Alerts.

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    1. This is the first I've heard of it, I'm pretty amazed.

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  4. Wow... You, poets, are dengerous people!

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    1. Yes, be advised, it's a dark world!

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  5. I really hate contemporary poetry sometimes.

    (I'm obliged to be familiar with some dude's "critical or creative work"?)

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    1. Yeah as the day has progressed I've realized Google is only part of the problem. You have to meet it halfway by not being insane.

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  6. This is the kind of BS that keeps me away from Google. But, your point "meet it half way by not being insane" is both well taken and hilarious. And that dude is, um ... intense?

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    1. Google and Facebook are both the source of much pain! And yes, intense is the perfect word.

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  7. The guy is a nutcase. I checked his FB profile and then googled him. Unchecked narcissism is the most obvious marker.

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    1. It's sad how narcissism is such an obvious cover for a supremely fragile ego.

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  8. Whoa--from a distance AF's flipout is kinda entertaining (sometimes it's nice to read woprds which are shameless and not neutral let alone smart); but I wld not like to be up-close in the discourse! I don't see the throat-slitting comment here, but yikes-yikes-yikes; give me a dude whose "Larynx is Bad" (I love thee, Wallace!) anyday! I'd love to read an anthology of contemporary writers adoring Stevens--Stevens critiques, alas, don't excite me: for me he's a bit like Plato in that I don't see the point of critique/I can't imagine Plato ever being, argument-wise, wrong enough (once had to read a dumb book arguing Plato is a hypocrit regarding his view of writing and the text this critique goes against totally addresses the critique in a succinct that's it folk s way! Why slog through 200 pages when one can get a better reading in a sentence!)); he is the best Sophist ever/frikkin' brilliant at BS! The turds totally go diamond! Yah the dude wld likely be mad at me for calling him a Sophist but for me Sophistry is where truth is at!


    adam strauss

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    1. Yeah, I didn't post the whole stream of comments, but I believe his profile is public if you're on Facebook. (No idea if he's deleted any of it in hindsight)

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    2. So far he hasn't taken anything down or given any indication that he was wrong in any way.

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  9. I really dont get why Fieled isn't "buying this" post of yours! It seems clear, and kind, to me!

    adam strauss

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  10. Oh my.
    Mr. Fieled really needs an attitude check. :)
    It's funny how people think of themselves so smart only to end up seen by everyone else as quite, well, less.
    If you are not very computer-savvy, it might be wise not to share it with the world so obviously. :)

    P.S. I find it funny how often I think back to Harry Potter. :) This time around on Dumbledore and Harry's uncle, where his uncle says: "I don't mean to be rude..." and Dumbledore replies: "...yet, sadly, accidental rudeness occurs alarmingly often."
    Only it's never accidental.

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    1. I'm glad this story at least served to amuse my non-poetry friends! (Or frighten them in some cases) Thanks Ines

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  11. Elisa,

    I have never heard of this person but he really needs to check himself. You are clearly one of the smartest and most well-read poets out there.

    Cheers,

    Sandra

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  12. He needs to go play a math game for preschoolers.

    I'm still trying to figure this one out: "I'd just like to out an imbecile named Matthew Walker who, two months after I published Apparition Poems, said, 'that clown is the next Curtis Faville.' Really, American poets, do you wonder why the world finds you so dumb?"

    Yeah, all these years I've been an imbecile and didn't want anyone to know, and now my secret's out. I'm a regular J. Edgar Hoover. And I'm supposed to be chagrined because of the mere fact that he published a book? That's supposed to impress me and prove he's not a clown? As we can all now see, "clown" is a pretty good word for what he is. He's a caricature of the egomaniacal mediocre artist. I'd rather be an imbecile.

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    1. I didn't even know who Curtis Faville was until a couple of weeks ago when he left some really annoying comments here. How prescient.

      And yeah, I have never heard of Apparition Poems.

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  13. Sadly, the poetry internet world has been full of narcissistic white guys this week. Let's hope things will change soon!

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    1. They musta thought it was white boy week ... it ain't white boy week, is it?

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    2. Venus is passing between the earth and the sun this week. Maybe it's clouding some people's minds.

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    3. Powerful theory; I'm a Scorpio, would that have anything to do with it? ;)

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  14. SEVERAL VOICES OUT OF A CLOUD

    Come, drunks and drug-takers; come, perverts unnerved!
    Receive the laurel, given, though late, on merit, to whom
    and wherever deserved.


    Parochial punks, trimmers, nice people, joiners true-blue,
    Get the hell out of the way of the laurel. It is deathless
    And it isn't for you.

    --Louise Bogan

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    1. By a cloud, did she mean like the cloud, like the internet?

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    2. Yeah, and by "parochial punks" she meant punks in a parochial area, like kids wearing safety-pinned rags in St. Cloud, MN.

      I had to look up "trimmers." Apparently they're like wishy-washy timeservers.

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  15. Oops, copying & pasting effed up the lineation.

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  16. I had never heard of this guy until he wrote a blog post attacking me. No one has heard of him. It is really, really weird for him to think that any younger American poet would be even remotely familiar with his work (you know, either creative or critical), because WHO EVEN IS HE. And his response to you is actually psychotic. I had it tested in a clinic. The whole button turned pink.

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    1. I'm glad to hear our suspicions have been confirmed by SCIENCE

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    2. That is scary. BTW, it's now mid-July and I went through and found his post and the comments? And folks called him out on his shit. He never did publicly apologize, but a good number of people tore him a new one (deservedly).

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  17. This is a disturbing revelation, Elisa. I’m shocked to see Adam resort to such abuse. He seems to have anger, and inflated ego, issues, at least regarding his poetry.

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    1. Indeed, but as far as I know the issue has died, at least no one has told me that he's still talking about it.

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  18. Yes, it has. So far he hasn't mentioned you on his FB page. He's made the following comments on other issues, though, which makes him sound crazy:

    "If I had or have to sell "Apparition Poems" to a FB audience, I'd say this: find me a better goddamned book in the canon of American poetry, and then give me an intelligent reason why AP doesn't trump it". (Adam Fieled)

    “Here's the bottom line, American poets: my poems are going into the world and doing something and yours aren't. Here's the reason: I give a shit about poetry and you don't”. (Adam Fieled)

    “I'd just like to out an imbecile named Matthew Walker who, two months after I published Apparition Poems, said, "that clown is the next Curtis Faville." Really, American poets, do you wonder why the world finds you so dumb?”. (Adam Fieled)

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    1. That first one is quite hilarious. I can scarcely imagine believing I'd written the best book of American poetry EVER

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  19. Even if he thinks that is really the case, his lack of modesty is astounding. His FB page consists only of one long litany of self-promotion. There’s nothing there apart from links to his poetry and articles on other sites, and his waxing lyrical about how great his poetry is.

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