Sunday, January 22, 2006


Write Like a Man
J.B. Rowell

I can’t.

I try.

I bore myself, why?

Because compartmentalizing words
and logically connecting,
and catapulting

just doesn’t do it for me.

Sometimes there’s no layer
beneath the layer,
no motion,
no crash.

Blackberries can mean
not sex.

Dead poets are dead

I’m alive

and I can’t help but write

the way I write

throwing in
words you will want
to cut.

* * *

On another note, Verse Daily and Poetry Daily seem to have a theme for the day. One poem is written by a man, the other by a woman, and they are both equally complex and lovely. This completely undermines my sexist poem rant above. Oh well.


Blogger Michelle e o said...

I think this starts at Sometimes there's no layer.....I originally thought the blackberries but I read it from the Sometimes. I liked this, a lot.

10:35 PM, January 22, 2006  
Blogger J.B. Rowell said...

That would work better from there, without my prologue. Sometimes I just can't help myself though . . . did you notice that there are always words we want to cut?

10:53 PM, January 22, 2006  
Blogger Rae Pater said...

I think poetry is like all forms of art. What you like or don't like is a matter of personal taste rather than gender.
I've read some male poets that don't appeal to me, but I've read a lot that do. I've also read a lot of women poets that I don't like.
Often it has nothing to do with how talented they are. I can appreciate someone's skill as an artist without necessarily liking what they write.
I can't say I've noticed any particularly gendered traits in poets?
I've read men who write utterly beautiful moody poetry and women who write very dry political of logical stuff. And vice versa of course.
My own stuff varies greatly in style depending on what mood I'm in and what has inspired the write.

Am I rambling now? lol ... I can't tell any more ...

5:21 AM, January 23, 2006  
Blogger Michelle e o said...

I force myself to read men more. I just recently realized I am sexist in that way. I tend to read women poets more. It's not intentional. There are male poets I really admire. If you put two books in front of me, one all men, one all women -- guess which I would pick up first?

I feel this is a bad quality and I am trying to break that urge. I'm a hypocrite really.

12:53 PM, January 23, 2006  
Blogger Rae Pater said...

I think I do this with music. I was just thinking yesterday that almost all my music is of women artists.
I listen to guys on the radio and stuff, but when I go to buy something it's almost always a woman.
Some male poets I enjoy are Sherman Alexie, John Sweet, T.S. Eliot, Rob Jackaman, and Wallace Stevens. I think you can find all of them online to read.

3:24 PM, January 23, 2006  
Blogger Michael Parker said...

great poem, Julia. About the topic, I'd like to say I know something about it. But in fact, I like Rae's thoughts. I'm thinking of Georg Trakl's poem I published on my site on Sunday; and David Harsent's poetry in Legion, which was nominated for the Whitebread award in Britain. Neither of these males seem to have a structured, stagnant voice.

8:38 PM, January 24, 2006  

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