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Analogous to nervous cluelessness is something we might call “anxious gatekeeping.”   This is desire to police the borders of poetry, or of...

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

More bad stuff

In another context, when I wasn't even looking for bad poetry, I came across a book with lines like this:

"At the dawn of sorrow,
I drop a tear
and sob."

Or

"I am one with the vast universe."

Published by a University Press!

I couldn't even write "At the dawn of sorrow" in a poem meant to be bad on purpose.

4 comments:

Fie upon this quiet life! said...

Oh god. This is why I hate poetry. Except Shakespeare, of course.

Jonathan said...

Well of course the immediate discourse was how snobby Jonathan was...

Leslie said...

Oh, please reveal the book.

Leslie said...

OK, I found it. And some people like it. Dayum.