Poetry Template

By on March 6, 2009 7:39:08 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums External Link

Buddah Mosk...

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start with the title:

it must be

directly related

to the content

of the Poem -

or not.


Then, begin the Poem

with a phrase

of tempting ambiguity,

a detail so compelling

that the reader

will follow you

as you pull back

to reveal its unexpected



Continue by making

an arcane allusion

to a 17th century English essayist

or by adding a sly reference

to one of the

lesser known Beats

(nothing from Ginsberg,

Kerouac, Burroughs or

Bukowski, please) –

this will establish

your lit cred

among the cognoscenti.


Include densely worded

passages, overstuffed with

arbitrary and completely insular


to buttress your emerging status

as a solitary, enigmatic genius.


Bring it on home

with an unexpected punchline

that either disorients

or brings a cynical smirk

to the morally ambiguous,

postmodern reader.


Send it out to the same

twelve friends

who always read your work

and always love it.


Repeat as necessary.

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March 6, 2009 8:50:32 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

Repeat as necessary.

Which I think is neccessary VERY often!

-one of the (alleged) twelve.

(BTW: I was going through a stack of books I had in the corner the other day and found all kinds of treasures I had misplaced. Among them my copy of I Hate Poetry My Catalogue of Mistakes. I have it beside  me now as I type this as I pick it up annd re-read a page or two randomly every night)

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March 10, 2009 10:31:56 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Hahahah...  Love this one, mate.  But I fall down on a number of the template points.  Am I still considered a poet or should I maybe call myself a tuneless lyricist?

Incidentally, I've just put up a new one of my own.  It has been selected for the ABCTales.com magazine, which is lovely validation.  When I pull my finger out, I'll do a recorded version of it and send it to you.  And I'm thinking of putting together my first volume of poetry, taking the self-publishing route as you've done.  I'll keep you informed.

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March 11, 2009 5:48:26 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Thank you my friends. 

Actually, I wrote this for a different poetry website where I think it is slightly pompous and clique-ish and they all liked it too.  They thought I was talking about the other guy.  I smiled inwardly.

Roy - thanks for Re-reading my book.  I haven't picked it up in a while.  I think my wrtiting since then has gotten a leetle better. My new project is a daily audio upload at

http://virtualpoetryreading.com/more where I am reading a poem a day into the computer.  It's my online audio archive.  It's something to do until I get the next edition of IHP out. 

Mark - You ain't no tuneless lyricist nor are you one of the hacks I wrote about.  I loved that poem you just sent up.


Take care, fellas, Moskowitz

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June 5, 2009 5:22:27 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Your poetry is sophmoric and narcissistic.

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