Enough of angry fixes, negro streets
incoherent poems and arrhythmic beats,
drug-addled mystics and feminized fools
who compose no further than breaking rules.
Junior Dadaists, after the fact;
dull poetry’s second, third, and fourth act.
Actual poetry exists for the page
and ought to be able to last an age.
Real poems are NOT composed on the tongue,
as are the ravings of the angry young.
Diarrhetic voidings, awash in words
that rain down upon the poetic herds
are not the same as life-giving waters
fit to refresh our sons and daughters.
Suck it up with your existential vacuum
from off the floor of that San Fran backroom.
PROMPT 28: try your hand at a meta-poem of your own
Meta-poem = a poem about poetry
METAPOETIC 2–FOR–ONE TODAY !
Bitter Poetaste in Mouth
Lightweight free-verse exploration,
withered ghosts and wisps of phrase,
breezy unamusing musings
a titter, tear or lyric warning –
fail to reach a middling height;
then subside to shallow murmurs
cryptic, dull confessional mush;
suitable for a poker-faced
Must you set this stuff in motion
fizzling through our universe:
half-bright comets leaving trails
of boring verse?
Incoherent thoughts meander
through your words like fish through nets
unable to ensnare your reader.
whatever it was you started saying
(weirdly spaced, unpunctuated).
Could it be such thoughts are better