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SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT POETRY

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after Padgett Powell

Are the best poems questions or answers?
Can poetry be taught? Who should teach it?
What is the point of that poem about
Plums? If I were to write, for example,
‘Deep in the forest the fern fronds unfurl’,
Would you find it outdated, poetic,
Or plain weird? Is poetry outdated?
What does a poet look like exactly?

Do you think there is sufficient order
In the world to justify perfect rhyme?
What level of disorder, in your view,
Would justify free verse? Do you believe,
As some do, that poets ‘feel’¬†more
Than the average human being? Well?
Are the best poems answers or questions?

KIM KARDASHIAN’S MARRIAGE

kardashian riviere

Sam Riviere’s books advertised next to a ‘news’ story on Kim Kardashian. Internet, you have surpassed yourself.

CAMARADEFEST II

Fantastic day at Camaradefest II last weekend. 100 poets in 50 pairs read new collaborations over the course of one day at Rich Mix in Shoreditch, London. Here’s mine and Sarah Dawson‘s. It was incredibly inspiring & humbling to be part of this unique event celebrating the breadth of contemporary [experimental] poetry in the uk. Watch the rest of the videos here.

POEM TITLED UNTITLED POEM

Poem Titled Untitled Poem

Poem titled ‘Hey There Lonely Girl’
Poem titled ‘Hi Kids We’re Home Early’
Poem titled ‘My Anaconda Ain’t No Pet’
Poem titled ‘Moist Friends’
Poem titled ‘Happy Birthday Selfie’
Poem titled ‘Ball Is Life’
Poem titled ‘Pink Snow’
Poem titled ‘Upsetting and Insane’
Poem titled ‘What Is Orange’
Poem titled ‘HATERS’
Poem titled ‘Pot Roast’¬†
Poem titled ‘Blowing James Franco’
Poem titled ‘Breakfast of Love Champions’
Poem titled ‘My Heart is a Wiffleball/Freedom Pole’
Poem titled ‘Poetry Is Dead’

[all titles mined from Twitter]

POETS ARE LIARS

‘You shouldn’t let poets lie to you.’

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