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Poetry is not a competition
to see whose voice can out-bellow
all others.

It is not the mock elevation of baristas,
waitresses, and coffee girls.

It is not referring to grown ass women as girls.

Poetry is not performance.
It is not the trapeze.
Not the spotlight, limelight,
or a long, harrowing limo ride.

It is not an intricate courting dance.
Not the irridescence of peacock tails
parading by.

Poetry is not a cockfight.
It's not a dating service for the pretentious
and absurd.

Poetry will not stop war.
Will not feed the hungry.
Will not build homes from shoddy rhyme schemes.

Poetry will not score you any points
for the afterlife, nor with women.
If you are an asshole, no stack of verse
will hide that fact. Poetry in its artifice
will not deliver to you a happily ever after.
It will not glue your marriage.
It will not shield you from his drunken
misogynist fist. Even if he writes poetry.

Poetry is not an elixir or a tool.

It is decorative, like sheer linen curtains,
and that is all.
Should explain why I don't participate in the amateurish poetry scene anymore.
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WhirlwindTortoise Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Poetry, like the other artforms isn't direct, but I disagree that it's meaningless, or just 'decorative', it can affect people in a variety of different ways, as can any artform. Sure, it can be pretentious sometimes, depending on who is writing, but it can affect the author and reader both. I wouldn't reduce it to a decoration, even if it can be one. Sometimes, a bit of poetry, music, theatre, paintings, etc can really hit the nail on the head for people and inspire, or help them.
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mewichigokaranatiger Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i am a beginig poet can you read this one <[link]> and tell me what you think and yours was amazing
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touchmyoathkeeper Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Student Writer
I really enjoyed this. Especially the first stanza. :]
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JasonFaria Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Completely disagree, sorry :/
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Devyt Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011
I see where you're coming from, but in that you perceive poetry as essentially meaningess beyond aesthetics, I disagree. Poetry is an art, a fragment of your thoughts caught and preserved in their power. Given proper circumstances, a poem may just change the world.
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macrowell Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011
F-Yeah way to tell it like it is... but i disagree
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macrowell Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011
Let me be a little more specific. If the goal isn't ultimately to have at least a small part in changing the world (no matter how minute it is) then whats the point of showing it to the world. To complain? to ruin people's day? all i'm saying is I appreciate the enthusiasm but art for art's sake sounds both kitchie and selfish to me. Maybe it's just me
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SheIsRawring Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh...
.... WOW!!!
That is good!
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starykid Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree; to a point.
I do agree that poetry isn't REALLY going to change people, or save someone, or stop world hunger.
But I think it CAN have a meaning, and I must say that I write for myself; letting out my own thoughts (though I don't write falsely, I write whats on my mind). So I think there's still a purpose and a meaning.
However, I must admit I've read many a false poem (mostly on love, a topic I steer clear of)
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CosmoWillome Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
nice!
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