In case you missed it: “Your Suspicions Are Correct: Free Verse Poetry is Garbage”

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I could write thousands of words about why modern free verse poetry is so often bad, but I find that examples work better. Here are a few lines from Atsuro Riley’s poem “Skillet”:

Of orange stove-eye (right front) and hawkhooked
pot-hook, overhung. Of (vaporous) supper-hour and
-hurlstorm

If you read the whole thing and dislike it, don’t worry. It’s the kind of thing that only someone out of whom all taste had been educated could enjoy. Riley is an example, albeit a concentrated one, of modern free verse poetry.

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