Joe Váradi

a poetic rant

Shoen Uemura’s “Composition of a Poem” (1942)

ㅤㅤnot to burst all those
ㅤㅤoh-so-perfect seventeen-
ㅤㅤsyllable bubbles

but

haikus are to Poetry what
training wheels are to a grown-ass
bicycle

ㅤㅤthey are to Poetry what
ㅤㅤChopsticks is to a symphonic
ㅤㅤwaltz

ㅤㅤㅤㅤthey are to Poetry what
ㅤㅤㅤㅤdinner rolls are to a four-course
ㅤㅤㅤㅤfeast

don’t get me wrong

ㅤㅤone can still crash on training wheels
ㅤㅤone can most certainly butcher Chopsticks
ㅤㅤand baking bread is a skill few will master

and so, too, plenty of haikus

ㅤㅤwobble and flop
ㅤㅤvex the ears
ㅤㅤfail to rise

but don’t declare victory yet
just because you managed
to hatch a half-decent
three-liner

ㅤㅤthe journey of a
ㅤㅤthousand miles begins with
ㅤㅤone succinct verse

wait I’m not done

a Medium poet’s best friend

credit: gudguyben / unsplash

ah
the
things
they don’t
teach in school
or, more to the crux,
on Medium’s help pages,

case in point, that elusive
indispensable hack, a
poet’s best friend

Shift+Enter
for single
spacing

I too
had to
stumble
upon it, and
have since shared
this trick with dozens
— I kid you not, dozens

of fellow writers and
poets, cementing
bonds of col
labora
tion

in a
form
where
carriage
returns
are ab
solu
tely
eve
ry
th
in
g

Mary, Gus, Sadie, et al

more on shaping your poetry

Joe Váradi

Joe Váradi

Editor of No Crime in Rhymin' and Language Lab | ..."come for the sarcasm, stay for my soft side"