– starting/ending every stanza/strophe with the same phrase. the pop music is rotting your brain.
– unnecessarily big words used not for their meanings but for their volume. it’s interesting that one uses words one doesn’t know, one uses them for space and sound. that sense of the materiality of language is interesting. the immediate meaning within the poem is usually boring. Don’t use poetry to Improve Your SAT Vocab, prove You Can Use A Thesaurus, or Show You Know Lit Theory Buzzwords.
– spacing that doesn’t do anything, or doesn’t know the coded meaning of pagespace. double-spacing, for instance. space carries meaning. to my ear, seeing a blank line between two worded lines indicates, score-like, an extended silence. so when i read double-spaced poems i think, “get on with it!” space is important! if poetry is like music, then the page space is a score. if poetry is like art, the page space is a canvas. if poetry is like architecture, the page space is topological. if poetry is like poetry, there’s an expansive history of how the space of the page has come to mean… know your genre!
– expressing what you think about poetry through a poem. yawn.
I do not choose these poems. I choose other poems. I also avoid poems about breakups. I’m just not interested in your everyday pain. I like uncommon pain– disease, war, trauma.
I think it’s time for me to have a drink and call it a night.