Poetry By Numbers

I got an email naming the best poets from poetry site
...As expected they were love stories,
About loneliness and the mixed bags of
The poet's monotonous candyfloss of anguish.
All poems looked worked- shopped, the same
Phrases sometimes returned
And they were all meticulous in show not tell
Which is a mind-numbing mantra.
For some, especially
The academically inclined, making poetry
Into a cross word puzzle
I think all 100 poets had the same teacher who,
As many poetry teachers do, lives in New Mexico

by Oskar Hansen

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