This post is an adaptation of a comment I originally posted over on Fabulous Lennon’s blog. But I felt it was somewhere between funny and true and deserved its own post.
This is all in fun! Huge generalizations and exaggerations. I’m sure they apply to my own poetry at times. Please please please do not be offended! That is so far from my intention it’s not even on the same planet.
I began writing poetry about seven months ago. (I know – who writes such brilliant poetry when she’s only been doing it for seven months? Ha! I am full of it…) I have since encountered many poetry-posting bloggers and I’ve read many many poems.
I have concluded that there are three major categories of poets. (And of course, this is just me… my crazy thoughts… my brain… completely subjective…)
I relate to the work of these poets. I get their message, I like their stories and I appreciate their humor. They paint beautiful pictures with words. This is the ‘stuff I like.’ (As I said, totally subjective.)
-2- One Trick Pony.
The poetry may be good. It may be amazing. I may enjoy it. But the next one sounds the same. And the one after that is pretty much the same. And so on. Oh, no, not literally the same words… just so similar that when I read, I feel like I’ve already read this one.
There are lots of words. They need not all be used in every poem. There may be twenty ways to say the same thing. They might all be in the draft. But they shouldn’t all make it to the final piece. The Rambler drones on and on and on. I probably lost interest after about 20 lines but Ramblers seem to find themselves fascinating.
Of course, let us not forget the two other poetic phenomenons – which may coexist with any of the above three categories
» the Downpours.
The poetry may be amazing (or it may not). But a bazillion posts each day can cause a bit of a flood. Sometimes, as a reader, I begin to drown.
» the Pretentious.
There’s no need to cram as many ‘big’ words as possible into every single poem whether those words truly fit or not. I get it, poet-person – you know big words. Glad to hear it… but I don’t need ‘proof’ in every single line.
Whoever you are, whatever you write, you are all brave souls sharing pieces of you and I admire anyone who can do that. I’m still surprised I can.