April 13, 2014 by babylondogs
“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.” – Gloria Steinem
Most people I talk to think poetry should be soft, gentle, tender, soothing, heartwarming, something G rated. I have news for them, sometimes poetry should punch you in the face, grab you by the balls, and throw you down a flight of stairs. (I recommend reading Bukowski for a while). Poetry should be honest, authentic, coming from a place not conformed by the clichés of society.
If poetry doesn’t make us scratch our heads or take a step back, what good is it? If poetry is merely something we want to nod in affirmation with, and be able to put on the back of Hallmark cards, why even have it? Poetry can be gentle and touching, but when poetry that is not gentle and touching is overlooked because it challenges our conventions and ideas, this is a great disservice.
Poetry shouldn’t always say “There there, it’s going to be all right.” Sometimes it should say “Fuck you, you’re an idiot.” Why lie?
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