How to Read My Poems


slink up
behind them
in the stale of
night
with a baseball bat
with nails
sticking out of the end
and bash them in the
head
like a zombie
terrorizing your childhood
home.

do not listen
to their
bullshit.

bitch back.

stomp
on their
toes.

poison
their drinking
water.

let the fucking
curse words shout
at their
stupid
fucking
faces like
unintentional spitwads

but don’t
talk
behind their backs.

my poems
keep their friends close,
but their enemies
even
closer.

COPYRIGHT BRICE MAIURRO 2012

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132 thoughts on “How to Read My Poems”

  1. OH yeh!!! This is hilarious and when I clicked on the title my expectations weren’t very high haha Cracks me up and the first thing I’ve read from you too! πŸ™‚

    1. Honesty can be very appealing I think. Thanks for the comments. It’s always nice to have a woman tell you your poems are hot. πŸ˜‰

      1. Recently watched Howl as well and it inspired my poetry blog, (Sweet Words for the Kings) also! I look forward to reading more of your work. πŸ™‚

      2. I’m so glad you took my suggestion! That movie is wonderful. I’ll swing by and read. Do you have a link? All I can see on my mobile is your gravatar and your email?

  2. I’m just a quietly ageing Englishman and my poetry is much more restrained than yours – but I’ve always loved Bukowski, and I admire the spirit behind your poems. Thanks for following my poetry blog!

    1. Quietly aging Englishmen make for good poets! I’m glad you could see the Bukowski influence. I am devouring as many of his books as I can.

  3. Intense and palpable imagery! Thanks for following my blog–glad to have discovered yours. Following you in return πŸ™‚

      1. The site name is kind of a double meaning deal: (1) all the poetry are works in progress & therefore potential poems (granted whether any poem is ever complete is a discussion for another time); and (2) it allows me to reference one of my favorite literature movements Oulipo which is short for Ouvroir de littΓ©rature potentielle- roughly translated: workshop or sewing circle of potential literature- a groovy group of mostly french writers and mathematicians who sought to create works using constrained writing techniques. So there ya have it, brother, and thanks for being the first person to compliment my site’s name. PeAcE.

  4. I remember reading Bukowski in the 70s when I was travelling round the US in a Kombi van (ah, those good old hippy days). His imagery was so strong that it felt like it was hitting you in the face, and I can still recall a passage of one of his books vividly. It had the strange effect of attracting and repulsing me at the same time. Your poetry has a similar effect – very raw.

    1. That sounds like a blast! Thank you for the nice compliment. I just read “Post Office” and I found I thought he was the scum of the earth in moments and so human and funny in others.

  5. I love the hard boiled language of this, almost like the prose of a noir novel . it’s great and btw thanks for subscribing to my blog. I will endeavour to make it worth your while

  6. I am so cautious in my language and even cautious in what I read but I believe I am about to change that having read the gumption and as mentioned ‘noir’ side of many poets here on WordPress.
    I appreciate that you took it just to the edge but didn’t go overboard.

    Bravo Bravo – for real, Lesley Fletcher

    1. I just believe the best rhythm you can use is your rhythm and the best voice you can use is your voice. I’m glad I could help inspire you. It’s the reason I write! πŸ™‚

  7. Love it, love it, love it! Words are so alive for me & I have a really kooky kinda relationship with them
    (which you’ll realize if you read more about my son & his autism-limited language).
    I think how you write & describe & use words on here is awesome & I’m looking forward to reading more!

    1. I will read more about that. My roommate’s dad ran a foundation for autism and it led me to that moment where I realized I know very little about the subject. Thanks for stopping by, Cathy.

  8. This is great! I’m no good at writing poetry, but I enjoy reading it.
    I like your style, keep them coming! πŸ™‚

    1. Well, you’re a much appreciated rarity! Most of the people read poetry are poets, so thank you for taking the time to read. Means a lot to me.

      1. Sorry, Brice. I meant no disrespect. There happens to be at least one…erm…bug-a-phobe…who reads my blog. It was meant to be a ‘heads up’ with humor. I apologize if I offended Rant.

  9. Thank for following my blog. I am very new at this, so to have a follower means a lot. Your site is very edgy, as is this poem! I am intrigued so will be following you as well. πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks! WordPress can be a little overwhelming at first, but once you’ve had it for a bit, it’s wonderful. Glad to have you following and to get the chance to watch your site grow!

  10. You have an excpetional voice and your poetry definitely has the WOW factor. Thank you for making a noise! And thank you too for visiting my blog and following Museum of Documentary and Fiction. I will also check out your work on Blog Nation. You’re a great inspiration. All the very best in life and art. Michele

  11. Nice work. Based on this poem, it’s clear that our writing minds seem to visit the same place. I’m glad I’m following you — thanks for following me as well.

  12. ‘You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me? Then who the hell else are you talking… you talking to me? Well I’m the only one here.’ … refreshing

  13. this is really great- and completely your own—can’t wait to read more, and thanks so much for the follow!

  14. Hilarious! Truly funny and original, I can’t say I was expecting that kind of explanation. Your page is so flashy and eye-catching I wasn’t sure what to make of it at first but this poem is amazing and now you have my attention, lol. (And thanks for following my blog!)

      1. “keep their friends close,
        but their enemies”
        yes, like the Godfather when they say keep your friends close and your enemies closer, very famous line and very true.
        Felicity Fox

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