I Search for Poems
I search for poems by authors of today,
way in the back, behind philosophy,
and next to science fiction in case I wish
to read the new bestselling narrrative.
But what's the use? Why should I waste my time?
They all contain the same bromidic lines
In borken prose about the blase self:
Another naarcissistic bard who twangs
Insipid songs that stack upon the shelf.
And what of reviews? Do they exist at all
Without a pat on the back or obscure award?
I'm not the first to question verse's blight.
Better than I have voiced their mild regret
At Poetry's fall from its Parnassian height.