19 October 2008

Massacre Aide

massacre aide

fancy
trash posing
contumaciously
as poetry alongside
the real thing

an unconscionably
conceited synonym
for grievous bodily harm
one might be
tempted to think

yet perpetrators are praised – heaven forbid
for braving an august and austere
establishment
risking ridicule
by saying something poetically

it isn’t always the case
they succeed

but writing that formulates a concentrated
imaginative awareness of experience
in language chosen and arranged to create
a specific emotional response
through meaning, sound, and rhythm
usually makes the grade

– listen, you don’t need to know
the definition to write
good poetry
but you do
need ears to see
what I mean
© 1 August 2008, I. D. Carswell