On writing

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If I taught poetry to students,

I’d ask them to write in the

language they think in and

use the thesaurus wisely

when they don’t.

A simple sentence like

the petrichor wafts through

the mountains, bringing

with it the smell of rich earth

dampened by the rain can

turn into a pappyshow of

decent writing when some genius

with no command over the

language uses synonyms in

an abominable way. They’ll

say, the petrichor transmits through

the eminence escorting with it

the sniff of rich Gaia,

moistened by the torrent,

and you’ll end up wondering

if you should give up

reading and writing altogether.

It’s a common flaw of a lot of

‘poetesses’ here,

and it gets worse because

you can’t help but wonder

why magazines

and people endorse them,

publishing or

re-blogging lines like

the prominence sang of

the auguries of mastication,

an eye, a hole, a soothsayer

travels through the nimbus

mundanity. Anyhow (not to

sound elitist or judgemental here),

mediocrity endorses mediocrity,

creating Mount Rushmores out of

badly written lines and abhorrent

wordplay, alliteration sounding more

like the clash of pots and pans

and the eldritch shrieks of

some otherworldly, malevolent entity

than sweet birds singing.

That and the lust of a horny poet

whose friends and foes are all

online — strangers he’s never

met — making him resort to

obsequious bowing and scraping

and re-blogging, hoping that big,

juicy, fat arse

he sees in a picture will one

day share a bedroom with him

changes everything.

6 responses to “On writing”

  1. You make writing feel like a sentient being here!

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    1. I wondered if I was being too harsh or critical, but it’s just that some of these poets can be very arrogant when someone gives them constructive criticism, dismissing them left, right and centre. But yeah, you’re right, writing isn’t a sentient being and people should write and grow.

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  2. I have a statue of a plastic Thesaurus on my desk – and also a Triceratops and a Brachiosaurus.


  3. Aiyyo! I don’t really know much about the last part but what you say about writing ‘ flaw’ is spot on!


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Ordinary Person is a guy who likes to write. He writes fiction, essays, poems and other stuff.


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