Why is contemporary poetry so ghastly?

Why is contemporary poetry so ghastly?

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  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    who the frick is this? they fricking plagiarized me from a /pg/ poem i posted

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Danez Smith is a poet, writer and performer from St. Paul, Minnesota.[1][2] They are queer, non-binary and HIV-positive.

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >tfw you found out someone you had sex with has HIV from their wikipedia page

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous
  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Unironically, women and gays.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Considering Dickinson and Wilde, no.

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    You can thank Pound, Eliot, and other popularizers of Modernist free verse.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      it starts there, but there's more to it than that. the modernist scene were very well studied and deliberate in their approach. pound only felt the push towards what later became modernist free verse after exploring traditional forms thoroughly and finding they were, at his time, very much dry. the contemporary free verse poetry we're stuck with is (despite all their claims of the contrary) seat-of-the-pants inspiration stemming from vapid ideologies. it's been over a century - a return to form is well beyond overdue

      (or: what

      diversity hires. monolingual lit profs. ideology over erudition. etc.

      said)

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I don't think they were the problem because they produced good poetry. I think the problem was that it was coopted by the industry, similarly to how it happened to the dada movement. Combine that with corporate liberalism such as [...] and you have the perfect recipe for low quality shit that certain people adore and defend because it's progressive.

        Eliot and Pound were hacks for dismissing Milton

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >if i don't like the author the the work must be bad
          moron

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Where did I say their works are bad? I just said they were hacks for dismissing Milton.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            ok

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I don't think they were the problem because they produced good poetry. I think the problem was that it was coopted by the industry, similarly to how it happened to the dada movement. Combine that with corporate liberalism such as

      diversity hires. monolingual lit profs. ideology over erudition. etc.

      and you have the perfect recipe for low quality shit that certain people adore and defend because it's progressive.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        They sucked. Pretentious incomprehensible garbage with no sense for sound.

        >free verse
        you mean poetry is bad because it doesnt rhyme and have meter? You are either a giga autist or you are using words to sound self important

        Not so. Blake (kind of), Whitman, and the free verse of the Bible are lovely examples.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >free verse
      you mean poetry is bad because it doesnt rhyme and have meter? You are either a giga autist or you are using words to sound self important

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    There's no market for poetry and widespread denial of the human soul in the West. The only people interested in poetry hold the perverse astroturfed beliefs of the times. I can't explain how it happened exactly, but it would make sense that the modern vanguards of poetry serve no other purpose than to hold the line for the ruling class.

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    diversity hires. monolingual lit profs. ideology over erudition. etc.

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I originally posted this author to start a discussion on twitter politics and it's effect on art and all you morons turned it into a /misc/ thread. Fricking hate you all.

    > verification not required.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      What discussion is there to even be had, you dumbass? The whole world knows that tw*tteroids are subhuman Black personcattle that belong in the lowest layer of hell, the most interaction a sane man would have with them is an occasional spit on their face.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >I posted this to criticize people
      >No not like that!!!
      Wtf?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >and it's effect
      >and it is effect
      this should warrant a 3-day ban around here

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >turned it into a /misc/ thread
      Nobody mentioned israelites.

  9. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Truth is a good poet could make any style of any epoch work. It seems all the good poets have evaporated.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      i feel like anyone with the talent and ambition to be a great poet would go into some actually happening scene like scriptwriting or songwriting or some such, someplace where chicks will actually gravitate around their enormous talent, not the sterile wasteland of poetry

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I mean, would rather hang out with millionaires and stars while cashing thousands of money or hang around Rupi Kaur and Danez Smith?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      i'm here. i'll bring it back.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Hurry
        Up
        homosexual

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    This seems like someone who just read ee cummings for the first time and wanted to mimic

  11. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    this isn't that bad
    those final couple lines are very strong
    the enjambment is top tier horrible but it's eye catching which helps in this market

  12. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Poetry has been dying since at least the 1810s
    Most of the romantics were middling. Scott, keats and coleridge were the greatest. Tennyson and kipling were good but not the greatest, Noyes is probably the most underrated poet of the last two hundred years
    Modernism was the death knell of poetry

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      tfw you've never placed a jar in Tennessee

  13. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I liked the first two lines. 'Blessed with an egg' made me smile. But then I got to 'sullied with saffron' and it went off the rails, and I realised that by 'blessed' they were actually trying to evoke a genuine, folksy spiritual profundity.

  14. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I have no idea what's supposed to make poetry "good" and I don't care. I'm convinced that it doesn't exist as a distinct discipline from songwriting

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Filtered

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      The fact that you could equally say 'I'm convinced that it doesn't exist as a distinct discipline from prose writing' will give you a measure of what actually makes poetry distinct.

  15. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Here is a poem by a Poety International winner. I “get” it but I don’t really see what makes it particularly great. Anyone?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      its about accepting life, and not getting caught up in the nitty gritty. it's gonna be alright.

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