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April is National Poetry Month here in the U.S. I haven’t seen any mention here yet of that subject, so I would like to issue a Ricochet poetry challenge. Write a poem on any subject you would like and in any form. That is all there is to the challenge. You can post it here or in a separate thread if you think it deserves one.
Now, some might argue that the world has too much bad poetry already. But in defense of bad poetry, it sometimes leads to better poetry from the writer in the future. I’ve been writing poetry for more than 40 years, and when I started, it was all bad. Now, just most of mine is bad. Or in the words of my old friend Dave Steinke:
“Poetry is like beer. With beer, all beers are good, but some beers are better than others. With poetry on the other hand, all poetry is bad. It’s just that some poems are worse than others.”
So, I want you to be fearless, because you only have to be good enough to suit your own tastes and abilities.
I’ll post one of my own as soon as I write it.