Very Bad Poetry, Petras, Kathryn & Petras, Ross

Very Bad Poetry

Authors: Petras, Kathryn & Petras, Ross
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
BISAC/Subject: HUM007000, POE001000, HUM005000
ISBN: 9780307765970, Related ISBNs: 0307765970, 0679776222, 9780307765970, 9780679776222
Classification: Fiction
Number of pages: 144
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: Writing very bad poetry requires talent.  It helps to have a wooden ear for words, a penchant for sinking into a mire of sentimentality, and an enviable confidence that allows one to write despite absolutely appalling incompetence.

The 131 poems collected in this first-of-its-kind anthology are so glaringly awful that they embody a kind of genius.  From Fred Emerson Brooks' "The Stuttering Lover" to Matthew Green's "The Spleen" to Georgia Bailey Parrington's misguided "An Elegy to a Dissected Puppy", they mangle meter, run rampant over rhyme, and bludgeon us into insensibility with their grandiosity, anticlimax, and malapropism.

Guaranteed to move even the most stoic reader to tears (of laughter), Very Bad Poetry is sure to become a favorite of the poetically inclined (and disinclined).

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