Lockwood’s “Rape Joke” Goes Viral

Patricia Lockwood’s long poem “Rape Joke,” published yesterday by Mark Bibbins at The Awl, received more than 10,000 Facebook “likes” within hours of being posted, according to a report in The Guardian. In The Guardian and all over social media, readers have been analyzing the deceptively accessible poem.

Prachi Gupta at Salon says the poem is strong enough to “end the rape joke debate.”

The poem’s popularity is also suggestive of serious crossover appeal; the Guardian raves, “If this is poetry, who wouldn’t want to read it more often?”

It should be noted that The Awl’s Choire Sicha posted a video of comedian Ever Mainard’s routine about “rape jokes that are hilarious” on July 13. The post references Kate Harding’s recent blog post “15 Rape Jokes That Work.”

You can find Francesco Grisanzio’s review of Lockwood’s Balloon Pop Outlaw Black (Octopus Books 2012) by clicking here.

Here is a video of Lockwood reading at Bad Blood XV: