Welcome to the Weekly Terrible Poetry Contest #51! Can you believe it?
Writing bad poetry intentionally can be tricky, so I wrote a basic outline here. The long and short of it is to capitalize on the poetry clichés all beginning poets love: adjectives, fluff, overused expressions, and angst. Add intentional mis-meter to that, and you’ve got a ‘winning’ combination.
Here are the specifics for this week:
- Since it’s coming up on my mind, at least, this week’s Topic is the commercialism of Christmas. Man, I hate it.
- Everyone’s having sales, sales, sales! Keep the Length to 20% off your usual poem. Hurry now; supplies are running out!
- Rhyme if you were smart and purchased the name brand version back in July. Otherwise, you’re stuck with the cheap, knock-off variety that might have been recorded in Chinese.
- Make it terrible! Make Hasbro put out a recall for all verse you may have ever produced in the last decade, plus offer psychological recompense for the ten years before that.
- Christmas is family time -ish. We’d like to make people assume so, anyway, as we advertise the spirit right out of them. Anyway, keep things G-Rated or friendlier.
An offer like this won’t last forever! You have till 8:00 a.m. MST next Friday (November 15) to submit a poem.
Use the form below if you want to be anonymous for a week.
For a more social experience and immediate attention, include your poem or a link to it in the comments. If you use the ol’ linkback method, pop me a comment if you don’t see the link show up within a day.
Merry(?) Christmas and have fun!
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