Sidi J. Mahtrow


Poet Laureates - Poem by Sidi J. Mahtrow

No caps here for the intent
Is to diminish the title; time well spent,
For the laureates that abound
Are for the most part hide-bound.

Which is to say that they think
That with their title, (heaven sent?)
They have the authority to impose
On readers (who should hold their nose.)

The drivel they produce
Is fit only for paper under the bird-in-cage's roost.
And with self righteous stance they appear
To express opinions, that one need not hear.
Such it is with the poet laureates, so bold
From Pennsylvania and Nebraska, (both rather old)
That they critique the writings of others
Without a glance backward, over their shoulders.

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

We all have an axe to grind, but the Holier than thou attitude, that these two present (based on their supreme title) , is no reason that their opinions should be taken any more seriously than that from any other who writes poetry. These middle aged, delinquents favor free verse as long as the story fits their particular beliefs.

Read poetry by Hughes and Becker, and enjoy if you like. The reader is the best judge, in his or her own mind, what is poetry and that which is not. If not, then it's prose although it may mascarade as poetry by having rhythm.

Just my humble opinion.

Comments about Poet Laureates by Sidi J. Mahtrow

  • Valerie Dohren (4/24/2012 4:53:00 PM)


    I like this and the sentiments it conveys. Perhaps you could take a look at my efforts and decide to which category I may belong, drivel or otherwise! ! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, April 16, 2012



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