Hatemonger’s Quarterly has a winner in its Horrible College-Student Poetry contest. Plus some horrible runner-ups. The winning author of “believing the me i’m told” is Michael E. Lopez. Could it be this guy?
One of the runner-up poems reminds me of the favorite genre of Highland Park High students in the late ’60s: The dead-fish-on-the-beach poem. The angst of lost love inevitably was symbolized by a dead fish on the beach, seen by the lonely wanderer. I was an editor of the literary magazine. We vowed never to publish a dead fish poem, and we kept that vow.
My daughter’s taking a poetry writing class this quarter. She says, “Naturally obnoxious people are 10 times more obnoxious when they’re reading their poetry.”