Guidelines for the writing of Short _____ Poems (like the ones on the blog you are currently reading, i.e: This Blog)

1. Find a photo of a PERSON / ANIMAL / PIECE OF ART or something
2. The person / animal should be COMICAL / UNUSUAL – APPEALING in some way
3. Write a “response” to the photo quickly / intuitively, using the FIRST PERSON. This will be combative to the lyric “I”
4. Honestly.
5. Make the “poem” (RESPONSE) accessible / amusing / DEADPAN / weird
6. Give it a self-explanatory, almost UNNECESSARY title
7. How short is too long?
8. Post the poem on your blog / FACEBOOK / whatever as quickly as possible after writing
9. EXPLETIVES / americanisms can be funny, particularly when “spoken” by a well-known figure, for example JOHN KEATS saying
        i can see fucking infinity from here yo
is quite funny
10. Childishness is OK – this is like a TEENAGE rebellion against “normal” poetry
11. Ironically this kind of poetry is becoming increasingly “NORMAL” in that any number of “internet poems” seem pretty similar or use the same kind of FORMULA. In this sense, these poems (the poems on this blog) could be viewed as parodic or rebelling against the formula they utilise, becoming PARODIES of themselves
12. or not
Thank you for reaching the end i find these kinds of things difficult THANK YOU


2 comments on “Guidelines for the writing of Short _____ Poems (like the ones on the blog you are currently reading, i.e: This Blog)

  1. hutschi says:

    It is similar to lomography in photo art.
    The parody of a parody is like looking into a mirror ans see a mirror in the mirror: Eye = I
    It has a kind of lomopoetic.

    I use rather Germanisms than americanisms caused by my native language.

    We have lots of dialects but we do seldom use them.

    Don’t ask: What can I learn you but What can you learn me.

    (Is this form of learning already extinct?)

    Many greetings from Dresden

    • Hello, Fig says:

      wow interesting, never heard those terms before (lomography etc). deep ideas, Bernd. in terms of these poems i like(d) the idea of art / poetry that sets itself up as ‘combative’ to whatever preceded it. like dada i guess. the trouble is this kind of art tends to have a limited ‘shelf-life’ – it’s fun to produce and can be genuinely subversive, but the form got old for me quite quickly. maybe i’ll go back to it at some point and try to do it better. HELLO Bernd Hutschen, from Ben in England 🙂

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