Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

Ignore The Ad Above This Poem - Poem by Michael Shepherd

I deeply resent
the ad above this poem
(well it was there
last time I looked)
for Carcanet Press
as if we were chums
them and I
far from it
not only am I
not published by them
in case you thought I was


they don't even answer my emails
offering them my poetry
at 100% off

and their
selecting editor
is quoted as saying that
'amateur' poets should
be wiped out
so much for
love of poetry

I guess courtesy
isn't award-winning
these days

(dammit, it's a different ad this time...)

Comments about Ignore The Ad Above This Poem by Michael Shepherd

  • Ernestine Northover (1/14/2006 12:19:00 PM)

    It's the dangling 'carrot' isn't it. they do it to make your mouth water, to wind you up and then dropp you head first, with a 'not quite suitable material'. statement! Love the subject matter. Well done. Love Ernestine XXX (Report) Reply

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  • (1/13/2006 9:12:00 AM)

    Very funny, Michael. Quite some time ago, I posted 'Online Advertising.' You might like that and it fits your challenge. One never knows what will be flashing its irritating message just when you're writing a serious poem.

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  • (1/13/2006 5:51:00 AM)

    Oh Mary, that's laughably awful! (Report) Reply

  • (1/13/2006 5:41:00 AM)

    This is very funny Michael! I was upset when I posted my ''Ultimate Blonde Moment'' poem about ear piercing........the ad above it was for nipple piercing! ! I thought that was awful! :) Great poem. Sincerely, Mary (Report) Reply

  • (1/13/2006 5:17:00 AM)

    It certainly is! I loved this, great subject, well done Michael! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 13, 2006

Poem Edited: Friday, January 13, 2006

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