“A Poem” by Ace Backwords

I’ve dabbled in a bunch of different artistic mediums over the years. But I just realized, to my chagrin, that I’ve never written a poem. A glaring omission in my body of work. So I’m rectifying that right now!

A Poem

by Ace Backwords

i guess a poem
is like any other form of writing
only you don’t have to adhere to the traditional laws of grammar

for example
i’m not capitalizing my words
and no periods

poetry is probably the easiest medium
to produce
a
piece of work
i mean
if i wanted to create a film
or record an album of music
it would take a lot of work
simply to produce something
that on the surface
looked like an actual film or an actual album

but this poem i’ve just hacked out
looks like every other immortal poem
written over the immortal years

and who’s to say I didn’t express
my
-soul-
any more or less
than any of the other great immortal poets
e.e. cummings
or
g.g. goings
or
Rod McKuen

(like you have a meter
to tell how much “soul”
I’ve expressed
in this particular poem
sure)

you don’t even have to rhyme the words

I think that I shall never see
a thing as lovely as Ace B

you don’t even have to come up with a punchline
which is a requirement
for a more exacting
artistic
medium
like, say, doing a comic strip

shit
if I had any sense
I would have spent
the last 40 years
writing poetry
they’re pretty easy
to produce

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