Lmao. I know nothing about poetry? Ha!
Just Studying

“I know nothing about poetry?”

That is correct.

“I clearly know more than the “poet” from the original post.”

That is incorrect.

“I have studied traditional poetry and free verse poetry for years.”

I weep for your education. Can you still ask for your money back?

“I clearly know what is poetry and so do the people from my sources.”

I’d say “clearly” you don’t know what clearly means as you’ve just had several Poets call you out as incorrect. I’d say that is opposite of clearly.

The people from your sources are actually disagreeing with what you are saying, so I am forced to believe that you are not stupid, you just have a serious issue comprehending what you read.

“If a piece of text does not have the elements of a poem then it is not a poem.”

Except neither you nor the sources you quote can specify what the required elements are. What you should know, and obviously do not, is that those “descriptions” of what poetry is are for those without the artistic sense to know. It’s a guideline for the ignorant. Like all guidelines they paint in broad strokes to assist the ignorant.

What is a painting? Can you describe that to me? If I just paint a canvas blue is that a painting? Why not?

Because you are ignorant I might tell you “A painting is a style of visual art usually involving the artist rendering an imagine onto a surface by means of liquid pigments and a brush.”

So painting the canvas blue is art then? So it’s a painting. Probably not to you, and why not? What are the elements?

“It is literally that simple.”

Do not make the mistake of believing that since you are simple that art can be simply compartmentalized, cut into consistent easy to digest pieces, and marketed in happy little boxes.

“The “poem” did not display any poetic element.”

Fine, let’s take another look, this time from someone who knows poetry. Me.

the next life could
the very

The flow of poetry is often heavily effected by line breaks. It is the poet who determines how this should affect thing.

In poetic language “I am, to be, I am being, being” these are incredibly strong words with natural existential value.The almost defy proper definition. I mean, what does it really mean “to be?”

Perhaps the author stood this word alone on a line (which is ABSOLUTELY A POETIC DEVICE, please don’t whip out your goddamn clown shoes and try to deny that) in order to emphasize that existentialism.

Here’s a snippet of mine:

I wrote a line
about a girl
I can’t forget her name
but I still won’t say

It could have worked fine as

I wrote a line about a girl today
I can’t forget her name but I still won’t say

It’s not the same.

I’m talking about writing a line,
I’m talking about a girl,
I’m talking about today

Just because you don’t get that does not mean that anything changes, it just means you don’t get it, and that’s okay. You duty is to nod your head and move on and not tell actual writers what they are or are not writing.

The day a magazine is paying you to make those judgements, I might give you a touch more credit, but honestly, not much then either.

Now, the rest of her poem:

the very

The poet is directing traffic here. She does not want it read “the very next moment”

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1 1

Do you get that? How about:




Those are syllable counts. Do any of your poetry guides go into that? It’s incredibly important to poetry as it is one of the the prime flow generators/controllers.

She has done something, admittedly subtle, with the flow.

Try this. Take your right hand. Starting with your ring finger tap

the (ring finger) ve (middle finger) ry (index finger)

next (ring finger)

mo (ring finger) ment (middle finger)

Repeat that several times slowly

That’s a complex rhythm with a shuffle to it, like the difference between standard 4/4 time signature music and a jazz

It make a a difference.

The rest of what you wrote was just artless nonsense not worth addressing.

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