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OPINIONATED

Hi Arthur: The way I see it the word “opinionated” applies to someone who has very strong opinions and will not tolerate discussion or criticism of their cherished o(pi)nions.  They will roll up the glazed-over windows of their irrational minds and drive away into darkness the second anyone peels back

BUSYBODY CHANTS

Hi Ted:  Thanx but I can’t use these ten poems because they are not what I am looking for.  I loathe uninhabited writing about nature with platitude attitude plastered on the end smothered with philosopikill pontificaSHUNS euFEMising the propieties of conventional, wisedum, die-a-tribing, her-anguing blitherings memeCRYING the misosophikill conjeerings of

SELECTION PROCESS

Hi Shelly: I do not (r)eject poets. I (r)eject poems. Therefore I am open to unlimited submissions from any poet. I actually got a kick out of your poem, and I’ll consider it for TGAPS 4. THIS IS NOT AN ACCEPTANCE. After I collect a lot of ‘considered’ poems, then much later I review

UNLIMITED SUBMISSIONS

Hi Don:  Why keep submitting?  Because you just might have a poem I’d want to publish.  Look, 99.99% of all poems ever written are junk mail.  I’m looking for that .01%.  Hard to find. Never know where I’ll find it.  You could send me 50 poems and I’d probably reject

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

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

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

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