Writing crap poetry intentionally can loosen a stubborn writer's block, and getting the bad stuff out of the way may make space for better verse.
If you find you love this form, rush to your nearest independent bookstore and beg them to order "Very Bad Poetry," edited by Ross and Kathryn Petras. Among the gems you will find this personal favorite:
|cheese making, like writing bad poetry, takes skill, |
dedication, and hairnets.
Ode to A Mammoth Cheese
We have seen you, Queen of Cheese,
Laying quietly at your ease
Gently fanned by evening breeze
Thy fair form no flies dare seize--
All gaily dressed soon you'll go
To the great Provencial Show
To be admired by many a beau
In the city of Toronto
Cows numerous as a swarm of bees--
or as the leaves upon the trees--
It did require to make thee please,
And stand unrivaled Queen of Cheese.
May you not receive a scar as
We have heard that Mr. Harris
Intends to send you as far off as
The great World's show at Paris.
Of the youth-- beware of these--
For some of them might rudely squeeze
And bite your cheek-- then songs or glees
We could not sing o' Queen of Cheese.
We'rt thou suspended from balloon
You'd cast a shade, even at noon;
Folks would think it was the moon,
About to fall and crush them soon.
---James McIntyre, 1866
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