This is Not a Poem

by Richard Kuslan (November 2019)


Ghost Red Wire, Don Van Vliet
 
 
 
This is not a poem.
There is no form nor rhyme
nor music in its words and phrases.
This is not a Poem
& I'm not joking.
 
Ceci n'est pas une pipsqueak.
 
I'm deadly serious.
 
Words strung together,
common coin like
bowling ball and wet-suit
in
     prosaic everyday ordure
(thought this was turning poetic?
fell right into my trap!)
a poem do not make.
 
This is Not a poem.
 
Such is the case today that many will read and defend
this as ironically a poem. tsk, tsk! pshaw!
Standards are low low looooooow.
 
Have I insulted your intelligence
or have you insulted mine?
 
But no, this is not a poem & I'm not joking.
 
I'm deadly serious.
 
 
 


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Richard Kuslan is an admirer of Donne, Sheridan, Byron, LeFanu, Trollope, Orwell, Sacheverell Sitwell, Christopher Logue and Jean Sprackland, among (many) others in the English language. He marvels at meaning's fecundity when language is constrained by form and delights in the melodies that take to the air when the beautiful is read aloud.


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Comments
24 Oct 2019
Eulalia Johnson
This is a delightful skewering of the pretense that the earthbound can be poetry. Understood metaphysically, what is ugly is not real. What is real is what is permanently beautiful. Real art aspires to that condition or points to it. An element of real art is the understanding that ugliness is a fraud. Its practitioners and its advocates are frauds, as well. Bravo, Richard Kuslan!

1 Nov 2019
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Let's always agree to insult each other. It's refreshing!


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