NO ONE WANTS TO READ YOUR POETRY, BRO

no one wants to read your poetry, bro
no one wants to hear the premise
of the sci-fi novel you’re working on
nobody has the time to hear about your concept art
no one gives a crap about your mixtape

sorry, bro

there’s a reason that bob dylan
would corner people at parties and force them
to hear his songs

there’s a reason why walt whitman
wrote fake reviews about his poetry for
the newspaper

sometimes you gotta shove this shit
down people’s throats

you gotta be reckless
you gotta set yourself on fire
in public demonstration
just to get an ad listing
in the local paper

flail your arms around
like the wacky wailing arm-flailing
inflateable tube man
outside of car dealerships

no one gives a shit
about your art

so you’d better give them
a good god damn reason to start
giving a shit about you
and the crucial and beautiful things
you have to show and tell them

COPYRIGHT BRICE MAIURRO 2014

READ “SUNDAY AUGUST 10”

Author: brice maiurro

Denver poet. Author of Stupid Flowers, out now through Punch Drunk Press.

24 thoughts on “NO ONE WANTS TO READ YOUR POETRY, BRO”

    1. Of course, I do! I love reading poetry. When it comes to the well-known guys I’m all about Bukowski and Saul Williams, I also have a great anthology called The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. I love reading people’s stuff on WordPress too and going to slams and readings here in Denver.

  1. I would love to go to a slam, they don’t seem to be into it here in Daytona. I’m not familiar with Saul Williams, I will have to find him. Thank you Brice, my best to you!

      1. That is exciting! I am doing some editing for a friend who is trying to get published, the third time I have been hit up for this. Apparently there’s a sign on my forehead reads “sucker”! That’s what happens when you can spell.
        cheers!

      2. haha. I too am a decent amount of people’s go to editor, but with my novel coming along it’s time for me to ask them to return the favor. lol

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