Sunday, September 27, 2009

Top Poetry Peeves

Blogger Gary Sullivan lists his Top Five Poetry Peeves.

Around here, I don't think I see all that many poems beginning with "dear x", nor, for that matter, very many dedicated to dead poets (much less Spicer). I suppose maybe in Brooklyn that's all the rage.

Are the tricks and tics of poetry so dependent on location?

1 comment:

Shelley Chernin said...

I don't know whether these kinds of trends in poetry are local, but it wouldn't surprise me if they are. That's probably as it should be. We should be feeding off each other. Maybe, someday, one of us will write an ekphrastic poem that's actually good. You never know.

Puts me in mind of memetics. Literary "tricks and tics" probably spread like viruses, starting locally and either dying out there or surviving the local scene and eventually moving on to infect other places. Makes sense.

Can we identify any current local poetic memes?

Thanks for posting the link to Gary Sullivan's list. Very amusing.


The poet doesn't invent. He listens. ~Jean Cocteau