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Wednesday, November 17, 2004

! Call That ****ing Poetry?

Rating: 3.0
As one of the wrinkly-crumblies
-W.A.S.P. without the sting -
it puzzles me: in poetry,
does one good **** really deserve another?
fifty years ago - fifty, for ****'s sake -
when I was an army cadet
some squaddies used it every other word
-and since we were in Signals,
it ****ing delayed ****ing battle-orders ****ing long enough
to ****ing mow down a ****ing platoon...

and longer in ****ing Morse... - - -...
and as for ****ing semaphore...makes your ****ing arms flag...

my liberal friends
who never admit to shock
say 'it shows a.... lack of imagination';
now that's ****ing serious in ****ing poets.

outside the ****ing English-spitting world
it must seem ****ing strange
that the most-loved ****ing bodily action
is used as a ****ing swear-word -
what have you ****ers got against ****ing?
or is it a term of ****ing praise maybe?

and why still a shock-word
amongst you young lot
who get a lot more ****ing ****ing than we ever did? Dammit.

Philologically,
is it still heard
as ****ing onomatopoeic?
which makes it pretty near to ****ing S&M I'd say?

could you****ers (whom I love for your interest in poetry
I have to say)
give me, as a reasonable ****er,
a ****ing explanation?
it would be ****ing useful
poetically

And who the **** is this
'American realist' poet Charles F***offski
whom you admire so much, anyway?
Michael Shepherd
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COMMENTS
Deborah Cromer 01 August 2009
Yes! You are right. Poets do need imagination. You certainly showed you definately have it in this poem! Interesting to read and good questions pointed out. A very creative piece of art. :) DC
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Stephen Stirk 20 February 2009
That was ****ing brilliant, how the ***k did you think of that. Thanks for the good read and ****ing escapism. Steve
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James B. Earley 30 August 2008
Thanks for cleansing the cobwebs from my f***ing mind, , , and allowing me some insight into what the f**k...this f***ing word really means. Forever, f***ingly grateful, JBE!
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Roger Cornish 20 February 2008
I like this... But I also Like Bukowski..... Its about context I suppose... Poetry... Sometimes a reflection of real life? Great write! Roger.
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John Nightingale 23 December 2007
I'm not sure if you were trying to capture this. But by overusing 'the word' you effectively render it meaningless and reduce its power. From reading the poem I do think you did that deliberately. The frequency of its usage in society does beg the question 'Why are we still shocked by it? '. Good job.
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Tom J. Mariani 13 December 2007
This is one of your older ones I am reading for the first time. When it's -ing used as a filler word, like ya know, check this out, it loses a lot of its value, like ya know, any other word or phrase. Some people I know save it for and 'F-bomb.' To signal when they are really mad or glad. It's a workhorse. But it's still a word you should scrape off your shoes before you come in the house. You found a way of putting all it's posibilities out there. Tom
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Lenchen Elf 17 November 2004
Ouch, and yes, ouch
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