July Poetry, Day 8 – Doug Draime

Posted: July 8, 2012 in photography, poetry
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Literary Expert

By Doug Draime

photo by Z Deacon Blue

The guy was an ” expert “
…………….on poetry.
He was a famous poet &
…………….the magazine quotes
him saying that a poem “can’t be
…………….totally honest, or it’s
……………………..not a poem.”
He said good poetry is partly
…………….honest and party bullshit
…..(I’m paraphrasing). He has taught
at a college somewhere in Iowa for
…..30 years & has
…………….20 or so books out,
& he doesn’t have a brain in his fucking head. But he
…..doesn’t offend
anyone & I’m certain
people nod knowingly when he reads
…………….those little gems.
Chances are he has never written anything close to
honest poetry & therefore, never had to risk anything,
…..except maybe in the “literary” sense
…..(whatever the hell that is).
Everyone has a right to their own opinion about
…………….what poetry is suppose to be,
even if they’re lying to themselves, because
of course, that’s what good poetry
…………………….is all about

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