There are more beauty and talent in the world than we can imagine. I thought this up until yesterday when I read the “Daily Winner.” The poetry that is awarded the Daily Winner is reviewed by at least one person from the organization, and I would like to think a few people discuss the poems each day and have a literary background. I have noticed the quality of poetry has recently declined and have questioned other poems that have won an award.
Yesterday’s poem was titled My Ugly Little Poem. I could hear Frost turning over in his grave and possibly Emily Dickinson vomiting as she read the title. I am not going to reprint the poem as I do not have permission, and I find it utterly disgusting even to read. The gist of the poem was having to piss in the bathroom sink for some reason or another, and the next verse included “soap scum in the shower drain.” Now that’s a lovely picture of beauty.
Is this poetry? To win a daily honor for that picture of disgust is beyond reproach. Is this the continuing of the “Dumbing-Down” of America. Now it is the “Dumbing-Down” of Poetry. How sad to take away such beauty, such poetic bliss and then present the tragedy with an award.
You guessed it. I wrote a brief note detailing my disgust and deleted my account from HelloPoetry.com. I will not be a part of the “Dumbing-Down” of Poetry. HelloPoetry should be ashamed of themselves for promoting literature so disgusting, mocking poetry and our great contributors to the literature we revere.
It appears someone either thought that was cute, or they are trying to turn literature into skank poetry. There is a place for all kinds of literature, but the writers who contribute their beautiful writing to HelloPoetry.com have studied hard to perfect their writing skills, and respect our great literary predecessors do not write to be sidelined by skank poetry. If you are unfamiliar with the term “skank” poetry, it is defined as crude, obnoxious, and unacceptable literature.
In my course, I teach writers on Branding; this HelloPoetry.com incident is precisely what I am referring to when I state “We must be cognizant of where our name appears, the surrounding atmosphere, and the level of quality in its surroundings. If you are driving to appear in the arena of crude poetry, no problem, but don’t mingle with the great poets and try to “Dumb-Down” the beautiful history of literature.
HelloPoetry.com should have two websites. One site for genuine poetic literature and the other site for Skank Poetry. There is a place for everything, and everything in its place, as the old saying goes.
I would love to hear your response to this topic and look forward to your comments. Thank you.