There is so much terrible poetry on here.
I have read 30 poems about people bleeding out words
15+ poems about love that involve cutting skin and pain.
only 1 poem that dared to rhyme.
and No poems that are witty/happy/upbeat.
People here mostly write poetry about the same stupid things. How sad they are, that they feel so alone, that the person they love won’t love them back. How they’ll die if they just don’t write because writing is their only release All of which are legit topics, but they are all written so unoriginally.
Everyone just writes prose, then spaces it so that it looks like a poem. Then, they cram too much imagery inside in an attempt to look “sophisticated” and “artistic” when in actuality, because everyone and their mama is doing the same thing, it just comes out as contrived and stale.
Its thousands and thousands of people trying to write like Mina Loy, but without the depth, knowlege of mythology and symbolism that actually makes stuff like that good.
Its just a bunch of literal metaphors.
I’ve talked to quite a few writers on here that agree with me on this. Not naming any names but at least 3 of them are really big on here.
Poetry doesn’t have to be “deep” or “emotional” to make readers feel something deep and emotional.
It can be simple and sweet. Blunt. Childish even.
You don’t have to talk about “I can feel you in my skin and the pain makes me want to die because my love for you is like a cancer and its turning me inside out because I’m so sad and emo and am pretending no one else has felt these feels before, because they are so complex and deep and artistic.”
I don’t want to sound like an asshole, but we can do better people. We can all write better. We can all be inspiring and inspired.
Lets just stop pumping out the same tired shit.