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On Some Modern Poets and Poetry

Post by BC Williams on Thu 11 Sep 2008, 9:39 pm

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On Some Modern Poets and Poetry
(with apologies to Rudyard Kipling)

If you can write with words devoid of meaning
Nor leave a trace of understanding seen;
If you can have an ending and beginning
With not an ounce of sense laid in between;
If you can scorn the words of classic beauty
And only vain vulgarity deploy;
If you reject philosophies and virtues
And every sentimental thought destroy;
If you can fill your works with innuendoes
That spawn among the psychopathic tide:
If you can banish patriotic fervour
And your people and democracy deride;
If you can stage assault upon the senses
And only stark repulsiveness incite;
If you can make obscurity your master
So no one sees the nothingness you write;
If you can cast aside the works of Masters
For hodge-podge of disordered ramblings done,
You'll join the ranks of pseudo-academics
Assured to have a Council grant, my son.

Florence Roper
from Island Prose and Poetry: An Anthology


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Re: On Some Modern Poets and Poetry

Post by Guest on Wed 17 Sep 2008, 2:40 pm

Wow, that is great Bev. Not sure how much hope that leaves me...but Wonderful still!

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Re: On Some Modern Poets and Poetry

Post by BC Williams on Wed 17 Sep 2008, 4:31 pm

You know . . . I tried to write for Atlantic Monthly. The stuff they publish is . . . well. So one night I had a drink and wrote a piece, lol. You HAVE to have a drink to write like that, lol . . . here it is:

Smaerd Part 2:
I fell in a place of yellow snobs
dying deaths of drinkable green mist.
I saw music shimmy over big cliffs
and down all over the sides of war ships
bound for places dreams dream of.

Two hours later, a pink-haired man spake
fables laced with rhyme and reason,
and multitudes listened
with rubber ears turned on full blast.

But the yellow snobs continued
dying, leaving tale-tell signs running
around street corners and hiccuping
their way into corner bars, ordering
shots of Creme De Menthe.

And the man with pink hair lost his following,
for the multitudes began listening instead
to war music, while all the young men
stood in corner bars drinking shots unto death.


Someone said it sounded like war, lol . . . so I sent it in. The reason I didn't GET into the Atlantic Monthly, is because I'm a no body . I even lowered myself enough to write such garbage and they still didn't take it. (I garentee you, it is just as *good(?) as the stuff they publish, lol) There is lots of bureaucratic red tape in higher circles now days. Many times, it's in who you know - just like most other endeavors . . . .

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Re: On Some Modern Poets and Poetry

Post by Guest on Wed 17 Sep 2008, 4:50 pm

Wow Bev...good stuff

And so true...it does seem to be all about who you know...I mean you have to have gifts and talents...but you also have to have the right people behind you. Determination works wonders too.

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Re: On Some Modern Poets and Poetry

Post by BC Williams on Wed 17 Sep 2008, 5:02 pm

Yes . . Bobby will break through because it's his love. When you have passion - you can break through . . . I've had a couple other poets who loved the craft so much they pushed forward . . . it pays off. Course, Bobby - will be a national treasure:-)

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