Perhaps controversial? Posting to assess reaction.

Sonnet 5

Those noisy sloganeers! I can resist them,

shouting displeasure into microphones,

their rhymes compulsive, unprosodical:

they like me not. As the kids say: hard pass.


Give me the tepid graybeards, pale and stooped,

the moderate, the British, and the stiff:

martini-prone Old Guard, sherry rhymesters,

'30s enfants terribles tamed by age.*


Give me a silver-pate grammarian

of Roethkean agility and wit.

Give me the flash and gleam of Wallace Stevens,


his Rubik-like inscrutability,

give me Miss Dickinson and Dylan Thomas,

Elizabeth, perhaps, and Marianne.




*Looking at you, Uncle Wystan [W. H. Auden]!

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Written on 2023-03-02 at 12:29

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Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
I may not appreciate the same poets you do, but I agree with you that people who know their craft are preferable to unskilled loudmouths.


by Uncle Meridian