Treasure Island

Stanley Cooper

(August 4th,1926 / New York City)

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Artistic Integrity


To artistic integrity
I make no claim
Rhyming eccentricity
Is more my game

What pops into my head
Is written down
Never sure what's ahead
Be it verb, be it noun

I've been laden with doubt
By critic dissenters
They are so devout
These nitpick tormentors

When my poem is all done
Not completely a sham
I've written my fun
Artistic integrity be damned

Submitted: Friday, December 30, 2005

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  • Alistair Graham (1/8/2014 2:51:00 AM)

    Poetry Shelf


    In the main room of every home
    at arm’s length of everyone
    A shelf with screws and plugs
    should hug the wall

    And on this shelf the paperbacks
    from left to right and pamphlets
    the spices in your life,
    may you grow tall

    The poet speaks when others won’t
    with words in ways that others can’t
    the like of which you won’t
    have heard til now

    Surprise yourself, buy a new book
    surprise your family or even look
    to buy a book
    for everyone you know (Report) Reply

  • S. A. S. (5/18/2006 12:23:00 AM)

    A rhymer with a smile. If you wanted a tighter syllable count in the last line, you could simply go with 'Integrity be damned'. You've already used artistic integrity 2x before so point would already be made. Thanks for the enjoyable read. (Report) Reply

  • Chuck Audette (1/5/2006 11:08:00 AM)

    A 10 from me, too! Damn the syllables, full speed ahead! and rhymes are like landmines, as soon as you find one, you realize you're surrounded, and good luck getting out alive! -chuck (with a vaguely similar poem 'Poetry Hell') (Report) Reply

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