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Lamont Palmer Male, 53, United States (6/26/2013 4:59:00 AM)

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What you dislike about this poem is that its poetry. Everything can't be flat, little anecdotes, or the craft would die completely. -LP

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  • Rookie - 629 Points Jefferson Carter (6/26/2013 11:32:00 AM) Post reply | Read 2 replies
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    Monty, arguing with you about poetry is like bashing my head against a concrete wall. Anything organized by lines and stanzas is poetry (can't we even agree on that?) What you mean by " poetic" in Logan's attempt is, as far as I can tell, the stuffiness of big words, solemn tone, and derivative phrasing. I'm not sure what you mean by anecdotes or what you have against them; why are compressed' partial stories unpoetic?I do understand your distaste for " flat" language, meaning the plain style, but many fine poems have been crafted using it. A poem doesn't have to incorporate " big" words to be profound OR flowery iambic phrases to be musical. I'm guessing from reading your poetry and your statements about poetry, you assume poetry MUST be about SOLEMN issues, you know, death, Wallace Stevens, etc., or you won't respect it. That's probably a result of your lack of a sense of humor. If only, as I've suggested over and over and over, you'd read Charles Hartman's " Essay on Free Verse, " you'd admit that the plain style has its own demands for craft and craftiness. Ouch. I'm off to re-bandage my poor abused head.

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