"What a Poem Is, or, a Guide for the Aspiring Poet" - Gregory de Rocher


"What a Poem Is, or, a Guide for the Aspiring Poet" - Gregory de Rocher

 
 
 
Every poem is
 
First and foremost,
 
About itself,
 
Sashaying in uncanny ways around
 
What even a poetry-hater
 
Feels, fears, wishes, knows to be the case,
 
Whatever the case might, should, could, must, or ought to be
 
But is or isn’t,
 
Was or no longer is, or will never again be, because
 
Shit happens,
 
Flowers wilt,
 
Love sucks, and
 
We die . . .
 
Probably with our quivering lips
 
Uttering the most gorgeous elegy
 
That will never be about anything
 
Signifying everything.

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