Very Bad Poetry

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Writing very bad poetry requires talent.  It helps to have a wooden ear for words, a penchant for sinking into a mire of sentimentality, and an enviable confidence that allows one to write despite absolutely appalling incompetence.

The 131 poems collected in this first-of-its-kind anthology are so glaringly awful that they embody a kind of genius.  From Fred Emerson Brooks' "The Stuttering Lover" to Matthew Green's "The Spleen" to Georgia Bailey Parrington's ...

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Overview

Writing very bad poetry requires talent.  It helps to have a wooden ear for words, a penchant for sinking into a mire of sentimentality, and an enviable confidence that allows one to write despite absolutely appalling incompetence.

The 131 poems collected in this first-of-its-kind anthology are so glaringly awful that they embody a kind of genius.  From Fred Emerson Brooks' "The Stuttering Lover" to Matthew Green's "The Spleen" to Georgia Bailey Parrington's misguided "An Elegy to a Dissected Puppy", they mangle meter, run rampant over rhyme, and bludgeon us into insensibility with their grandiosity, anticlimax, and malapropism.

Guaranteed to move even the most stoic reader to tears (of laughter), Very Bad Poetry is sure to become a favorite of the poetically inclined (and disinclined).

Writing very bad poetry requires talent--inverse talent, to be sure-- but talent nonetheless. The 131 poems collected in this anthology are so glaringly awful that they embody a kind of genius. Guaranteed to move even the most stoic reader to tears (of laughter), Very Bad Poetry is sure to become a favorite of the poetically inclined (and disinclined). 128 pp. National ads & publicity. 40,000 print.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679776222
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/1997
  • Series: Vintage Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 943,401
  • Product dimensions: 4.63 (w) x 7.43 (h) x 0.42 (d)

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Kathryn and Ross Petras are a brother and sister team who wrote The 776 Stupidest Things Ever Said.  They live in New York City.
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From "The Stuttering Lover" by Emerson Brooks (1894):

I lu-love you very well,
Much mu-more than I can tell,
With a lu-lu-lu-lu-love I cannot utter;
I kn-know just what to say
But my tongue gets in the way,
And af-fe-fe-fe-fe-fection's bound to stutter!
        

"The Potato" by Eliza Cook (1818-1839):

The useful and the beautiful
Are not far apart we know.
And thus the beautiful are glad to have,
The homely looking Potato.
On the land, or on the sea,
Wherever we may go,
We are always glad to welcome
The homely Potato.
A practical and moral lesson
This may plainly show,
That though homely, our heart can be
Like that of the homely Potato.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2007

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    Years ago, I bought 'Very Bad Poetry', scanned it briefly, and laughed till the tears came. Then, a stroke of genius: I brought it forth at our family Christmas get-together, and had each of my siblings, in turn, read one awful poem, and pass it on to the next. To this day, my family has never, ever forgotten the Bad Poetry Christmas. You'll laugh - you'll cry - you'll retch - you'll shake your head in stunned disbelief.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2012

    Sooooooooooo boring

    I had to put it down halfway through the book. Not at all what i was expecting. All of the poets are from the 1600s to the 1920 making the language very hard to understand. Not worth the money. Not funny whatsoever.

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