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[10 Jul 2004|09:47pm]

[ mood | cheerful ]

Bono quoting Resolution And Independence during the intro of Where The Streets Have No Name is love. Someone should make a colourbar for it.

That is all.

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[28 Jun 2004|11:30am]

[ mood | disappointed ]

Some days I get really angry about what's happened to poetry, but today I'm just ... sad about it. It's rather depressing, really. I can't believe how people have so badly defiled what is a stunningly beautiful form of expression. It's like they have no respect for poetry.


I need to stop reading bad poetry and find some quality stuff.

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Here's an update. Allow me to tell you what to think. [26 Jun 2004|03:45pm]

[ mood | authoritative ]

You know what? I've realised something. If I were to go through the dictionary, choose random words, and put them together in a random order, I've got a better chance of creating quality poetry than if I were to pick up a book of modern poetry. Some of the drivel that spews forth from some so-called poets is unbelievably bad and it's only getting worse. These people are nuts and they have problems. If you're going to claim to be a poet, is it too much to ask that you actually write poetry? If you're going to write that modern crap, don't call yourself a poet because, guess what, YOU'RE NOT ONE. I really wish someone would hurry up and invent a new genre or classification for this crap so that it at least has some decency and doesn't look appallingly bad when compared to Wordsworth. If it actually fit within the definition of something and had a proper standard, then I could appreciate it for what it is, but right now, all I can say is that it's an abomination.

I've said that to write, you need to make the rules follow you and be unique. This is true. However, some twits - and this applies to anything - think that this is a reason to break the rules. It's NOT. It's the total opposite. If you're breaking the rules, you're being disrespectful and showing your lack of talent, but sadly, that's what most modern 'poets' are doing with their inability to even break lines correctly. Poetry is NOT about creating shapes with your words. If you want to do something like that, invent a new form of art or claim it as visual art, NOT poetry. It's common sense. Think, people, THINK. It's not that hard.

Really, writing poetry worth a second of my time isn't hard either. At least it isn't after you practice. If you get to the point of publishing, I should at least be able to say "this person knows what poetry is," but in today's poetry world, it seems talent is in such abysmally short supply that I can't say that about the vast majority of what's printed.

The way it's going, I could become a world-famous 'multi-talented' artist by doing the stupidest things. I can just write related words down on paper in fancy shapes, vomit on a canvas, play a guitar loud with only a couple of chords and get someone with a mixing desk to modify my voice, then walk on TV in tight shorts, say a few poorly-written lines, and walk off. There you go, you now have Axver the poet, artist, rock star, and actor.

What's sad is I actually have a valid point.

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[20 Jun 2004|07:16pm]

Firstly, welcome to real_poetry. I run this place, it's based around my opinions, and if you don't like that, don't come here. Simple as that. I've established this community because I'm sick of all the rubbishy poetry I find on LiveJournal. This community is for people with taste in poetry. In other words, I won't tolerate any of that modern rabble. I think probably the greatest tragedy in my life (besides the fact I'm not Bono's son) is that I was born in 1987 rather than 1687. At least back then, you had real poetry. Sigh.

Free verse is just for people who either 1. can't write poetry but would like to think they can or 2. are beginner poets who will move on to bigger and better things. When I began writing poetry when I was about twelve, I wrote free verse. For about the next three years, I wrote poems on and off, mostly free verse, and then I progressed up to rhyme. As my feel for language and usage grew, so did the ease of writing flowing, rhyming poetry, and now I'm writing with ten syllables a line. I know I still have a long way to go; I'm definitely not on the same level as the greats. But what I do know is that I'm writing poetry of a technical calibre far superior to much of what's out there. That may sound arrogant, but really, go look at some of that free verse bollocks. I can't believe that stuff gets published. It's just so BAD.

People try to justify such bad poetry by saying it's "individual expression" or "their innermost feelings, and how dare you criticise how they express it!" If that's you, this community is not for you. Turn around and go away. Expressing yourself is well and good, but if you're going to publish it, at least do us, the readers, the common decency of expressing yourself in a decent format. Give yourself some literary merit, PLEASE. There's nothing worse than another person too talentless to write structured poetry.

It's not as if this modern poetry is hard to write anyway.Collapse )

Anyway. It's funny the bad poems you find on LiveJournal. Take one community I saw earlier today as an example; I think it's name was onlygoodpoetry or something like that. With such a name, wouldn't you assume it has good poetry? Guess again, my friend. One of the worst of the bunch. Oh, and some community for contemporary poetry - that made me want to throw up. What made it worse was that those poems have been published.

I think I might leave this entry on a positive note. No modern poet could write anything as skillful or brilliant as this, no matter how hard they tried.

My favourite poem.Collapse )
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