Joshua Hren is founder of Wiseblood Books and co-founder of the M.F.A. at the University of St. Thomas. He regularly publishes essays and poems in First Things, America, National Review, Commonweal, Public Discourse, and The Lamp. He is also the author of the novel Infinite Regress, the short story collections This Our Exile and In the Wine Press, and various collections of poems.
Though kitsch wears the costume of reality’s vocabulary, it does not describe things as they are. You could only call it good without qualms of conscience after downing a Dionysian dose of expired boxed wine.