Is most modern poetry –
Just bad prose broken
Into many lines?
Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.
Notes to this poem…
The Rejected Poems comprise of poems composed for poetry competitions, alone or as parts of collections, which I rejected for whatever reasons, and which I didn’t foresee being used for future competitions. Their publication on this blog ensures that since competition entries cannot have been published elsewhere, including online.
This was my haikued version of some thoughts I had about what modern poetry is, in a handful of words. The poem was intended for a collection of haiku to make the reader wonder from the questions asked, but from which I rejected this poem because I knew I could do better with not only original content, but deeper questions. In this case, deeper questions means avoiding multiple choice, especially the typically binary yes / no choices, with maybe a maybe. I also saw this was a much bigger topic than some version of a haiku or senryu format.