Nat’l Bad Poetry Day, or: Bashō’s Ballad of Smelly Whey

A limerick

In honor of National Bad Poetry Day (August 18th)

Bashō tried his hand at one Western ballad,
Though the sheer effort left him quite pallid.
Writing out complex plot
Left him tied up in knots,
Stomach churning at his chunky word salad.

A thank you

A great thank you goes out to Britta, who, just today, informed me of National Bad Poetry Day, which I had never heard of!

National Bad Poetry Day was created to feature poetry that is so very bad it simply needs to be paid attention to! Twitter is one platform that many people use to get their bad poetry out into the world so that everyone can enjoy hating it.

Days of the Year website

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!

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