February 27th, 2007

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04:29 am - on poetry and perviness...

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[User Picture]From: marmal8 Date: February 28th, 2007 - 01:09 am (Link)
As someone who majored in Creative Writing, this poem offends me because it's gawd-awful. It doesn't even deserve to be called a poem. It's barely acceptable as creative writing by someone with a fifth-grade education. It's boring. The language is pedestrian. "Penis" and "ass" seem to be there because the author doesn't know any other words and was too lazy to think of creative ways of describing the same parts.

As a non-Black person, this poem offends me. Are Black women the only ones who need love, tenderness, patience and understanding? What about the Heebs and honkies and...gasp...men?

Is the subject matter inappropriate? For a teacher to give privately to a student, definitely. But teachers, by and large, have better taste in poetry than this. This is the kind of crap I see tweens printing off websites and saying "oh this is my favorite poem" and then I just sign and get out the Langston Hughes.
[User Picture]From: stephtoth Date: February 28th, 2007 - 01:16 am (Link)
Ok good, I was hoping it wasn't just me who thought this poem was terrible.

I would want the teacher fired just for having bad taste.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: February 28th, 2007 - 04:36 am (Link)
well, if we fired teachers for having poor taste we'd have a serious shortage of teachers. Same thing with every other profession for that matter.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: February 28th, 2007 - 04:35 am (Link)
Well, its an old carribean poem that has been passed down through the ages or something like that. I don't remember where I heard it the first time. No one said it was high art. I thought it was kinda boring too, but I don't want to judge really.

I already made the joke with qiika that no, whities don't get to be loved, so I'll pass and answer it more directly and honestly... Sure you can get love adn tenderness and patience and understanding. It's just that if you want it, you have to find your own damn poem. :-) Seriously, I wouldn't have a problem with "how to make love to a white woman" or "how to make love to a jewish man."
[User Picture]From: marmal8 Date: February 28th, 2007 - 10:16 pm (Link)
Maybe it sounded better in Olde Carrybeynne?

but I don't want to judge really.

Since when?
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: March 3rd, 2007 - 05:33 am (Link)
I frequently don't want to judge. I frequently want to judge too. You can't get me. I'm the wind, baby!

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