Poem after Marianne Moore: I too dislike poetry

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This poem is based on the first line of Marianne Moore’s poem “Poetry.” 


I too dislike poetry,

The way it entangles me in its meter and rhyme and form,

Enrapturing the senses and demanding my attention—

I too dislike the distractions

That words are, tumbling through the mind like the footsteps of children:

Joyful and yet obnoxious, because you feel

The silence without them—

I too dislike the silence

That comes from a poemless world

And a poemless mind.



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