The Interview
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The Interview

So tell me, who are some of your favorite poets?
-None really, but I think Muhammad Ali was pretty good…

Muhammad Ali is not a poet, he was a boxer.
-Well, it's not like his main job, but everybody knows "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee."  

Hmm... what poets would you say have influenced your work?
-None really.  I like to come up with my own ideas, so I don't want other ideas getting my ideas off track.

But if you aren't aware of other ideas, what do you compare your ideas with?
-Oh, well, they just feel right, and my friends think I'd make a really good poet.

Hmmm… what do write about?
-I just write whatever comes into my head, you know, like thoughts… about God, or my girlfriend, and poverty.  And, oh yeah, definitely injustice, and how, like, people treat each other.   I got one about hate that I call "I Hate Hate", that everybody thinks is great.

Everybody, like who?
-You know, like my friends, and stuff.

That's great… What type of poetry do you write?
-Mostly, stuff like, stream of conscience.   Like "I Hate Hate".  It goes like:

I hate hate for being cruel, and it's uncool to be a fool
to thinks hate’s cool to tolerate. Make no mistake, for coolness sake,
let’s rage and rule against all hate.  Don't be no fool, don’t hesitate,
Let’s beat the Hell right outta hate!


Hmm… that does sound fairly angry, and…  
-Yeah, right!! You see, that's exactly what I mean.  My poetry just flows out of me, and I never studied any of that stuff about sonnets or haiku, or rhymes or anything.  I just let it out by stream of conscience.

Stream of conscience? You mean stream of consciousness, right?  I certainly agree that it's flowing right out of you.
-Yeah.  That's my style.

Well... what questions do have for me?
-Do you work on Holidays?

Maybe, maybe not.
-What are the hours?

None, specifically.  Could be early morning, 2am til dawn.
-What's the pay?

You're kidding, right?
-I thought this was like a real  job was for a professional poet, right?

Our message said, “Poets with professional demeanor needed for special project”.
-So you don’t have a real job for a professional poet?

No more than there are real jobs for Professional Friends.
-Man, this really sucks!!
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"I Hate Hate" is my new favourite poem Hysterical

These are the most wonderful kinds of poets, just ask their mummies. I mean, it's straight from the heart and the soul, man, don't mess with it and don't ever dare suggest it's not outstandingly perfect. Sure it might be abstract, but that's the style. And obscure, maybe, but you wouldn't want a poem to be obvious, right? There's no middle ground, man. And see how that word rhymes with that other word? That's poetry right there. Poems are easy. All them sonnets and IQs are just old fashioned. Gotta keep it real and fresh and... use cliches because they're universal, man, they're exactly the words I need, why mess about with perfection?

Oh yes, I love these people.
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[Quote='Leanne' pid='195926' dateline='1440445667']
"I Hate Hate" is my new favourite poem Hysterical

Thanks Leanne-  "I HATE HATE" is going straight to #1 with a bullet.  /// Mark Tongue
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shemthepenman Wrote:(: the bit about 'i write whatever comes into my head... about god and my girlfriend...' reminds me of the Syd Barrett song ...

Hey Shep- seems like yer on a completely separate boat than this piece, but I am very cool with "puller-along-siders", though I have no life rafts.

By the way, I don't take sides with the interviewer or the interviewee in this poem.  Go Muhammad Ali- the self-proclaimed greatest of all times: "sting like a butter fly, float like a bee, Frazier can't hit what Frazier can't see" .... M.Ali ...  one of the most well know pieces of verse ever spoken.  Crap? Sure.  World famous crap? You bet.

I wonder if I'd get arrested if I posted a job that read:

URGENT NEED FOR POETS, POTENTIAL TO MAKE 100K!!  

(Of course the 100K would be poems, not dollars)
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Hmm... what poets would you say have influenced your work?
-None really.  I like to come up with my own ideas, so I don't want other ideas getting my ideas off track.

How many times have I heard a variation of this?

Fun read. In fairness, Muhammad Ali was worlds better than Maya Angelou (I think she was a boxer too).

I'd like to see the emo inspired follow up to "I hate hate." "I cut cutters"
The secret of poetry is cruelty.--Jon Anderson
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Quote:I'd like to see the emo inspired follow up to "I hate hate." "I cut cutters"

EMO
Emotional
Rex is stuck
again sick on the street
tied off & pissed off
beat again fuckin shit
beat again with bad shit
a perpetual fix
a fuckin bad mix
hung up & strung out
on the opposite of sex
it’s a bitch when you’re
me the Emotional Rex.
Twenty bucks ten alright five
just let’s do it ya see this
incredible edible dick
just suck up and pay up
ya bisexified bitch
cause I got an itch
& I need the scratch
like right now so just drop me off
like right here ya old fuckin queer
no I don’t want a bottle a beer
but ya better hand over that wallet
and your gun I already got it
matter of fact get outta the car
just start walkin
got your cell phone too
so get busy get walking
before I call yer old lady
start talkin. Pin too bitch.
What's that pin?
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#7
Stream of conscience? You mean stream of consciousness, right? I certainly agree that it's flowing right out of you.
-Yeah. That's my style.

rather well stated Big Grin Hysterical
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#8
Quote:My poetry just flows out of me,

A wonderful euphemism. Hysterical
feedback award A poet who can't make the language sing doesn't start. Hence the shortage of real poems amongst the global planktonic field of duds. - Clive James.
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(08-25-2015, 02:39 PM)Mark A Becker Wrote:  
Quote:I'd like to see the emo inspired follow up to "I hate hate." "I cut cutters"

EMO
Emotional
Rex is stuck
again sick on the street
tied off & pissed off
beat again fuckin shit
beat again with bad shit  
a perpetual fix
a fuckin bad mix
hung up & strung out
on the opposite of sex
it’s a bitch when you’re
me the Emotional Rex.
Twenty bucks ten alright five
just let’s do it ya see this
incredible edible dick
just suck up and pay up
ya bisexified bitch
cause I got an itch
& I need the scratch
like right now so just drop me off
like right here ya old fuckin queer
no I don’t want a bottle a beer
but ya better hand over that wallet
and your gun I already got it
matter of fact get outta the car
just start walkin
got your cell phone too
so get busy get walking
before I call yer old lady
start talkin.  Pin too bitch.
What's that pin?
Hysterical  Don't ever stop that flow. Seriously, you could be the milli to someone's vanilli. You could be the ghost writer to an empire.
The secret of poetry is cruelty.--Jon Anderson
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#10
What a shame that our annual Poems About Suicide month has already passed. You coulda been a contender.
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#11
Such diverse opinions!

Hard to categorize.

While it could be one of these:

Complacent / Pompous / Snobbish / Superior / Vainglorious

My bet would be on one of the 'selfs':

Self-righteous
Self-satisfied
Self-contented
Self-congratulatory


Sigh, well, suffering corrupts...
(But don't get me wrong, I mean this in the best possible way*)


*A tip of the hat to Dame Edna Everage
almost terse
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#12
I was reminded of this glorious poem recently and just had to find it so that more people could read it Smile
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