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Published on March 6, 2009 By Buddah Moskowitz In Poetry


start with the title:

it must be

directly related

to the content

of the Poem -

or not.


Then, begin the Poem

with a phrase

of tempting ambiguity,

a detail so compelling

that the reader

will follow you

as you pull back

to reveal its unexpected



Continue by making

an arcane allusion

to a 17th century English essayist

or by adding a sly reference

to one of the

lesser known Beats

(nothing from Ginsberg,

Kerouac, Burroughs or

Bukowski, please) –

this will establish

your lit cred

among the cognoscenti.


Include densely worded

passages, overstuffed with

arbitrary and completely insular


to buttress your emerging status

as a solitary, enigmatic genius.


Bring it on home

with an unexpected punchline

that either disorients

or brings a cynical smirk

to the morally ambiguous,

postmodern reader.


Send it out to the same

twelve friends

who always read your work

and always love it.


Repeat as necessary.

on Mar 06, 2009

Repeat as necessary.

Which I think is neccessary VERY often!

-one of the (alleged) twelve.

(BTW: I was going through a stack of books I had in the corner the other day and found all kinds of treasures I had misplaced. Among them my copy of I Hate Poetry My Catalogue of Mistakes. I have it beside  me now as I type this as I pick it up annd re-read a page or two randomly every night)

on Mar 10, 2009

Hahahah...  Love this one, mate.  But I fall down on a number of the template points.  Am I still considered a poet or should I maybe call myself a tuneless lyricist?

Incidentally, I've just put up a new one of my own.  It has been selected for the ABCTales.com magazine, which is lovely validation.  When I pull my finger out, I'll do a recorded version of it and send it to you.  And I'm thinking of putting together my first volume of poetry, taking the self-publishing route as you've done.  I'll keep you informed.

on Mar 11, 2009

Thank you my friends. 

Actually, I wrote this for a different poetry website where I think it is slightly pompous and clique-ish and they all liked it too.  They thought I was talking about the other guy.  I smiled inwardly.

Roy - thanks for Re-reading my book.  I haven't picked it up in a while.  I think my wrtiting since then has gotten a leetle better. My new project is a daily audio upload at

http://virtualpoetryreading.com/more where I am reading a poem a day into the computer.  It's my online audio archive.  It's something to do until I get the next edition of IHP out. 

Mark - You ain't no tuneless lyricist nor are you one of the hacks I wrote about.  I loved that poem you just sent up.


Take care, fellas, Moskowitz

on Jun 05, 2009

Your poetry is sophmoric and narcissistic.