does poetry matter?




what about those poets

with world vision?


well how about

national vision then?

William Blake for one

PB Shelley another

our poet laureate

Carol Anne Duffy

could she be so

along with Kate Tempest

and her like?

in America

Allen Ginsberg tried

and Laurence Ferlinghetti

continues to try

to save America

from itself


‘poetry makes nothing


wrote old Auden

so was this

a self-fulfilling prophecy


a cry of failure

who reads him

any more



is poetic ambition admirable

we wonder

or self-delusion

and who cares outside

the incestuous world

of professional poetry?

outsider poets

couldn’t give a shit

and like them

the rest of us

are pissing in the wind




Jeff Cloves
Montage: Claire Palmer

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2 Responses to does poetry matter?

    1. dear Claire Palmer thanks again for your inspired work – Johnny Rotten Somewhere over the Rimbaud c’est parfait

      Comment by jeff cloves on 13 June, 2018 at 9:04 am
    2. Nice one Jeff 🙂 mon plaisir!

      Comment by Claire on 13 June, 2018 at 8:15 pm

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