Wednesday, July 1, 2009


i don't understand you.
unless you're ani difranco
or jenny lewis
or bjork
or even...
hot mamas like cherrie moraga, gloria anzaldua, and michele serros.
they're pretty straightforward.
and real.

other than that,
poetry that is too elusive
too metaphorical, not contextualized, too many similes
i just don't get it.

i just don't

i appreciate poetic sounds. like rap.
rhyming and rhythm and beauty.
and look: here's what i'm saying. not some random shit that i need three dictionaries and two encyclopedias to understand.

some academics say they like it. they get PhD's and stuff in it.
but man, "poetry"--
i just don't understand you.

1 comment:

emmapeelDallas said...

I'm with you on this. I can appreciate poetry, but man, I cannot write it. After some feeble attempts (assignments that I had no way of getting out of) a professor once told me she couldn't understand how someone who could write prose so well could write poetry so badly. :)
That was justification for me to stop attempting. And yet I do love to read it, and it really sings to me.