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Deconstructing Bad Poetry

Hold a mirror to your future self. How so? You ask. Your future self has the benefit of a fully developed frontal cortex. Breaking the mirror will give you several years of bad luck. Mirror, lamp, take your pick!

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Deconstructing Bad Poetry

I wrote some bad poetry that I published in North African journals, but even as I withdrew into this reading, I also led the life of a kind of young hooligan.

- Jacques Derrida (1930-2004)

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Deconstructing Bad Poetry

Inspired by Jacques Derrida (1930-2004)'s quote, "I wrote some bad poetry that I published in North African journals, but even as I withdrew into this reading, I also led the life of a kind of young hooligan". The titled responsion is...

This term has actually been around for a long time, and its meaning has not changed much over the years. Basically, deconstructing bad poetry means looking at the poem objectively so that it can be read as a whole work of art instead of just a collection of words.

In order to do this, you will first have to find some examples of bad poetry that doesn't mean anything to you personally. A good place to start is by going online and looking for poetry blogs. Look for one that has a high reader-base and has a regular number of comments. If you don't like the site's design or the comments sections, don't go there. Just pick one and leave it alone!

You will also need to pick a good poetry blog to subscribe to. There are many out there, so do a little bit of research to find the one that is the most recommended and read it frequently. Over time, you will find yourself getting to know your favorite poetry blog, and you may even be tempted to visit them more often!

Hold a mirror to your future self. How so? You ask. Your future self has the benefit of a fully developed frontal cortex. Breaking the mirror will give you several years of bad luck. Mirror, lamp, take your pick!  


Jacques Derrida

Published 2 years ago