Securing quality of verse
This procedure must be done
for all poems submitted, long or terse,
before deciding to accept or shun.
To spot the poems that will meet
the standards that we set among ourselves
ensuring that approved books hit the street
and all the others never make the shelves.
4. Critical Activities
4.1 Do not read
the work of those you do not recognise.
4.2 You must have lunch with authors, then proceed.
4.3 If you suspect a message, close your eyes.
4.4 Remember that art flourishes on greed
and not on talent.
4.5 You will only pass
and approve grants for those who kiss your arse.
Ref: 001 Originated By: P. J. Rees Version: 1.0 Last Updated: 8 Jun 1996 Updated By: P. J. Rees
This critic told me I should write in rhyme
because the rigor of poetic form
insists that at the end of every line
a syllable should to “the scheme” conform.
The pedant said I should write three quatrains
that’s bunches of four lines to you and me
(a word game you can practice when it rains)
and the end rhymes must run a b a b.
The pratt went on to tell me that my feet
(where foot’s a bit of word with stress upon it)
should count to five in all lines on the sheet
and lo, behold, I then would have a sonnet.
I told him this all sounded quite perverse
and I will only ever write free verse.