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Archive for September 2020

THE PERFECT POEM

Hi Michael:  Your request for the”perfect” poem is a quixotic exercise in futility.  A “perfect” poem by its very nature would be perfect for everybody which is an impossibility which not even a court of poetry law could enforce. Let’s consider a reasonable definition of poetry. Poetry is the craft of writing which creates the…

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MISH-MASH-MUSH 2

BLABFLAB BLABBLOB POETS who can’t write clear, simple, unconvoluted prose carry their MUMBO-JUMBO-GUMBO HOJPOJ-GARBAJ-BARAJ TUNGDUNG into their poetry, especially their prose poetry. Examples of this plague of GRANDILOQUENT GOBBLEDEGOOK follow: ***It seems undeniable that there was a connection between this and that. Undeniably, this connected to that.***He is in a position to do it. He can do it.***He was…

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MISH-MASH-MUSH

BLABFLAB BLABBLOB POETS who can’t write clear, simple, unconvoluted prose carry their MUMBO-JUMBO-GUMBO HOJPOJ-GARBAJ-BARAJ TUNGDUNG into their poetry, especially their prose poetry. Examples of this plague of GRANDILOQUENT GOBBLEDEGOOK follow: *** It is for this that they are appreciated.       For this they are appreciated.***They explored spiritual states of an extreme kind.      They explored extreme spiritual states.***She succeeded in winning our respect.      She won our respect.***He managed to uncover it.      He…

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Poetry Books You Should Read

The Great Fires – Jack Gilbert – Alfred A. Knopf Refusing Heaven – Jack Gilbert – Alfred A. Knopf Ready to Eat the Sky – Kevin Pilkington – River City Before, During & After – Hal Sirowitz – Soft Skull Press Selected Poems – Simon Armitage – faber and faber The Pill Versus the Springhill…

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