Another new poem up at PoetSpeak:

Poem for My Voice

Interestingly, there’s been a fair amount of conversation in my world about the construction of this title. A few people lately have told me that it’s off-putting to use a title that contains the word “Poem.” Apparently some people won’t even bother reading poems that contain the word “Poem” in the title.

Really?

I suppose it can be called any number of things, including pretentious or lazy. But again: really? What about Frank O’Hara, whose poems were often titled “Poem (some line from the poem),” or “Song”?

Personally I think it’s just as pretentious to dismiss a poem simply because of a naming convention.

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