Monday, February 12, 2007

Sick Day X

I am sick of Poetry. I am sick of Poets and those who think they are. I’m sick of the Fisher Poet Gathering. I mean fishing is bad enough and then they have to top it off with depressing poetry. Why not just fuel up the boat and head west until the motor stops. Spare us, please. I’m sick of the mono-tone poetry readings on KMUN on Friday afternoons. If poetry was good don’t you think poets would at least be able to make a living from it? There are people who make a living at everything else in the world, but not poetry. This is to say that poets have a lesser value in society than people who clean puke from the bathrooms in bars. So just knock it off or keep it to your self.

Short month, short list...I feel better now.


Anonymous Auntie L said...

Wow, I thought I was the only one of the opinion that most poetry was a bit 'too personal' and only interesting and worth reading after the poet died.

Really think about it...who cares if someone is so full of angst that they have to tell you over and over again in an art form called poetry all about their love affair with their dead sister's pantyhose and barbie dolls. However, this is vastly more interesting after a poet/artist has passed away. What's up with that? Almost like people don't care about other peoples pain or don't try to understand them until they are gone.

Damn, this is too heavy of a subject for 6AM, no coffee and no milk for my cheerios.

6:03 AM  
Blogger Trish said...

Poetry is something I pretty much ignore. It's all so fluffy and personal I just don't have time to "get into it". And I never could figure out what makes "good" far as I'm concerned it's all bad except for ones that have a clever rhyme. Then it's kind of fun.

Otherwise *yawn*

7:58 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Trish, According to Auntie L, death makes it better...LOL

8:21 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

Wow - Monday morning blues/rant. Glad you feel better getting that off your chest.
And, gee, I wrote a poem just for you. Guess I won't be sending it along...

8:24 AM  
Anonymous THartill said...

Your sick days just aren't the same when the reader knows about them in advance....

Actually lots of people make money off poetry...just add some instruments.

8:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought it was just me who had those feelings! I've always been afraid to actually voice them because "they" (the poets among us) manage to make one feel so anti-intellectual when giving a negative reaction to their ramblings! Oh, and Guy, you are so transparent!!!

11:03 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Beth, thanks for the kind thought, but I'm glad I mentioned it before you sent it my way. I have made friends with many of you who comment here, and I have scratched off topics that would upset many of you. I really don't like to censor the blog, but I don't want to hurt anyone either.

Tryan, that's value added poetry. You can tune out the words and take it for a different ride.

J there are only those who think they are poets around. Until Leonard Cohen moves to Astoria, there will be no true poets here. I'm transparent? I thought it was bad enough not having an ass, now I have transparency to worry about as well.

11:13 AM  
Blogger Rich said...

I like good poetry. Most of what passes itself off as poetry is just infantile rhyming crap. Haiku rules!

6:02 PM  
Blogger Mom of Three said...

"all about their love affair with their dead sister's pantyhose"


Every so often they have "Poetry Night" on KGO, which I listen to at night so I can hear the political repartee. But when it's Poetry Night, I just turn the dial. The stuff is so awful!!!!

9:19 PM  
Blogger Rich said...

Guy, nobody loses all the time

9:55 PM  
Blogger scott said...

Hey, I used to be the biggest poetry-hater of all time. Guess what happened? I went back to school, started writing a lot, then reading poetry that people who knew me recommended, and found out that not only can I enjoy a lot of poetry, I can write it too. Poetry will also improve your writing. It's called COMPRESSION. You need to be able to distill what you want to say down to its essence. It is hard work, and it makes you a more concise writer. Now I'm not saying that you should love all poetry, but I would recommend that you keep an open mind. Also, tell me the name of your ten favorite writers, and then check and see what they think of poetry. Let me know what you find. I do understand what you mean about poetry readings. I have a problem with the way people read in a sort of false and wooden fashion some times. Let me play you a couple of poets and see how you like them. I've got some Bukowski, W.S. Burroughs, John Trudell... maybe you'll hear something you'll like.

10:20 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

I enjoyed Bukowski a point. Burroghs gave new meaning to depressing. Reading his work was kind of like getting Kafka drunk. I've been through them all, Brautigan, Ginsburg...

OK, just because this has been a fun subject I will share some local poetry with you sometime in the next week ; )

5:22 AM  

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