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Friday, April 19, 2013

Poem In Your Pocket Day


Apparently, though I had no idea until I saw it mentioned in passing, that today is "Poem in Your Pocket Day." I didn't have a ready poem hanging out in my jeans all day being precariously close to my naughty bits, which I feel was a lost opportunity to get asked "is that a poem in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? That's. What. She. Said."

Poetry and I have a wonky relationship with one another. I insist that my high school and college poetry experiences left me feeling it was all lame, pretentious, and all non-story like, and Poetry is always all like: "Really? That's what you think? Well, fuck you. BOOM, Ima' drop some muthalovin' sexy-time Whitman on you son, and after that Ima' Def Poetry Van Damme Slam yo' ass."

So, I wracked my brain for a poem worthy enough to stick in my pocket along with that stupid green-fuzzy penny, the inevitable creep of dog hair caught up in lint, and a cap o' plain chapstick.

So, what about all that Dickinson what with her funerals in the brain, and the lack of stopping for Death? I'll admit I have a soft spot for old Emily.

Sometimes I forget that poetry is meant to be heard, and read, and performed. Def Poetry Jams was really the only way I'd ever been able to feel anything other than drooling boredom with poetry before. When I used to come home at 1:30am from work at Wal-Mart as a youngin' and I couldn't sleep, I'd watch Def Poetry Jams. And I'd watch this before my brain melted into a puddle of post-hellishly-annoying-customer haze.

So stick this poem in your pocket:





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