Joyce Chelmo

Perfunctory Critic - Poem by Joyce Chelmo

He likes to reconstruct
every poem he reads....
until it fits his style
of rhyme and meter.

He force-feeds his ideas
punishes poets
who don’t agree.

It's like insisting
Andy Warhol
paint like
Claude Monet.

Comments about Perfunctory Critic by Joyce Chelmo

  • Brian Dorn (5/4/2006 6:38:00 PM)

    Joyce, you make a great point. Every poet's expression is uniquely their own. Nobody has a right to try to change it or fix it to fit into some predetermined form. Two thumbs up... nice job!
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  • (4/27/2006 12:25:00 PM)

    I reckon I know who you're talking about...again, you have such a calm way of writing, but, as shown above, you can bite, but calmly, when needed...much better than a Howlish piece I would've wrote (Report) Reply

  • (4/26/2006 11:35:00 PM)

    Firstly, decent burn on all those types of critics, Hugh! Joyce, there seems to be a proliferation of pompous, perfunctory cavilers plaguing the ubiquitous 'impressive
    presses.' Couldn't resist the alliteration, folks. You are spot on with this little number, Ms. Chelmo.

    Kindest regards,

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  • (4/26/2006 7:29:00 PM)

    I agree, Red, each writer should, indeed must, be true to his/her own voice. And any critic who thinks otherwise has head firmly inserted into anus! We've always wanted to express this and you've done so beautifully and with elegance.


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  • (4/25/2006 3:48:00 PM)

    Very true and very well said, a great poem that hits the spot, Love Duncan (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, April 25, 2006

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