Wednesday, August 16, 2006


Comedy is a lot like poetry. Most comedy is supposed to be funny but it isn’t. Poetry is supposed to be good as well, and I have to take issue with that. If Poetry was so good don’t you think there would be a lot of rich and famous poets walking around? Ginsberg is dead. Brautigan is dead. Who is left? Leonard Cohen and Maya Angelo. Let’s not forget Charles Manson.

Do you know that there are poetry competitions? Out there tonight in America, poetry competitions!

Do we really need poetry competitions in this world? Isn’t this right up there with snail racing and cow pie bingo. Why would a poet need to compete? And what about the poets who don’t win? Do poets have coaches and trainers? And if you win a poetry competition, what’s next? Is there a poetry Super Bowl? Is there some sort of pinnacle of world class poetry that we need to know about? Do winning poets get to wear a ring or a tacky green blazer? Do they get trophies and endorsement deals?

If a poet fell in the forest and no one was around to hear it, would anyone care?


Blogger Alan Cordle said...

Winning poets often "win" because they cheat:

7:24 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Holy Shit! There are actually Poetry Cops. There are a couple locals I'd like to turn in. I don't know if they are coming by their poetry in an ill gotten way, but their poetry sucks and they need to be punished.

They also deserve a spanking for taking themselves so seriously.

10:09 PM  

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