On One Hand

October 19, 2006

Wednesdays at Bistro

Filed under: Uncategorized — ononehand @ 7:51 am

Observations – things that suck in poetry readings:

Rhyming poems
Excessively political poems
Poems against the war (Duh, we’re ALL against the war, we get it.)
Poems against America (It’s the same criticisms over, and over, and over again, and you’re 22 years old and America is all you know – poetry is about experience, so quit acting like you understand oppression, white boy. If you want to analyze hegemony, write an essay.)
Political poems, period, especially Marxist poetry (Commercialism is bad, duh, we get it.)
Weird fake accents
Bad jokes
Musing packaged as poetry
Really long pieces
Criticizing your own poem before you read it (“This one sucks but I’ll read it anyway.”)
Fucking up the exquisite corpse interjecting some unrelated comment

Observations – things that never fail in poetry readings:

Humor poetry
Full beards
Girls with masculine voices and manner
Crude girls (Vagina Monologue style)
Making fun of sorrority girls
A few beers
MC’s banter; usually more entertaining than the poetry



  1. One of my favorite poems: “How to write a political poem.”


    It’s meant to be said out loud, but you can get the gist.

    Comment by 477150n — October 19, 2006 @ 12:41 pm | Reply

  2. Other things that are bad at poetry readings :
    Mark Dusharm
    I hate that man…. sooo sooo much

    Otherwise poetry readings are fun! Do you know when the grad student one is coming up?

    Comment by matraxis — October 19, 2006 @ 3:50 pm | Reply

  3. nearly all of my poetry rhymes.

    guess i’ll never be reading it.


    Comment by waggy3eb — October 19, 2006 @ 4:37 pm | Reply

  4. I don’t write political poems because I can’t say anything with them that hasn’t been said already. It’s frustrating as hell when three people in a row read basically the same “Down with consumerism Down with the war Down with conservatives Down with corporate America” poem at an open mic.

    on a related note, I firmly believe that Andi Whatshername is gonna be the Next Big Thing.

    Comment by arazel — October 19, 2006 @ 6:25 pm | Reply

  5. What poetry readings in Boulder do you attend? I’m a regular at the Wed 8 PM at Folsom St. Coffe Co.

    And yes, all of the above is true.

    I just wrote my first “political” poem, which is really, just like most of my other poems – not political at all – but is mostly about stereotypes.


    Comment by twiggyliz — October 20, 2006 @ 3:23 pm | Reply

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