February 02, 2011

Pantoum – The Song of Someone Trying to Write a Poem

Done in class. A lot of my class poems seem to revolve around the fact that I can never think of anything to write about in class.
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Oh crap! We've been told to write a poem,
But shit! I have no ideas for a poem!
Fuck it, nature! That's always a good subject!
Trees trees trees trees trees birds and shit!

But shit! I had no ideas for a poem,
So I'll be unoriginal and write about the
Trees trees trees trees trees birds and shit
And say a load of things that have been said before.

Right, I'll be unoriginal and write about the
Dancing sunlight dappling a forest pool
And say a load of things that have been said before
About pikes in cool clear ponds like Hughes.

Dancing sunlight dappling a forest pool
Lofty autumn vaults dropping tarnished treasures
Above pikes in cool clear ponds like Hughes'
Cliché is how I solved my poetry dilemma.

Lofty autumn vaults dropping tarnished treasures,
Because nature's always a fucking good subject,
This is how I solved my poetry dilemma
When crap! We'd been told to write a poem.


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  1. Polly Brown

    You know… after reading this again, due to the sheer horror of scanning it the first time… this is actually quite poetic, albeit in a very John Cooper-Clarke way. I also love the way that the entire CONCEPT of the poem is a cliche… so many people write about not being able to write poetry in a poem, so yours is kinda a DOUBLE WHAMMY. Clever. I also like the delicate use of ‘crap’. I would say well done, but I’m not sure it’s suitable… :P.

    Write a poem about men and dodgy websites? It’ll be a winner… :D

    06 Feb 2011, 16:33

  2. Jacob Andrews

    Thanks duck. I think. Tbh I had no idea writing poems about not being able to write poems was THAT cliche. So not really that clever. Happy accident I guess.
    Also, use of ‘crap’ isn’t really delicate because I have ‘shit’ and ‘fuck’ in the next two lines. I just didn’t want to repeat myself. And I’ll leave then men and dodgy websites poem to you Polly. That seems to be your area… :P

    06 Feb 2011, 17:07

  3. Charlotte Dart

    Ahhh, I love this. It is brilliantly awesome.

    18 Feb 2011, 12:37

  4. Jacob Andrews

    Ta duck :)

    18 Feb 2011, 14:25


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