Sure, we all have them: poems that sit in our phone, on our laptop, scribbled on a Post-It. Poems that linger, that haunt us. These poems keep us fidgeting, scratching for resolution. Poems that make us question even being a writer in the first place.
WHY ISN’T THIS POEM PERFECT?
WHY CAN’T I MAKE THIS WORK??
FUCK!!! I GIVE UP!!!
And so here we are, discussing one of C’s poems that she just could not get to work. Is the title wrong? Weird words? Wrong order of thought? Too vague? WHO. FUCKING. KNOWS.
Always wanted to shoot your shot as a poetry editor? Well, now is your chance – take C’s CURSED POEM and edit it down/glam it up to no longer be CURSED!
And with that, we are proud to present our newest contest:
THE CURSE OF THE BAD POEM!
-Submissions are open October 5th – Halloween (midnight CST)
-Entries will be judged by our most CURSED of all editors: Sara Dobie & Lisa Lerma Weber
-We want ONE MICRO POEM (Under 10 – 15 lines) based on the bones of C’s CURSED POEM (see it below)
-Pay up at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/versereaders ($1 CURSE OF THE BAD POEM! CONTEST) If you are unable to pay the entry fee, no worries, submit it anyway. (We use these fees to pay authors.)
-Send your submission to VERSECOOLSHIT AT GMAIL.COM
-Use the subject line CURSED/YOUR LAST NAME
-Send a short bio, and be sure to let us know your TWITTER handle (if you’ve got one)
-Attach your poem as a WORD DOC
DO NOT DM YOUR POETRY. YOUR ENTRY WILL NOT BE READ.
DO NOT CONTACT CIMMONE DIRECTLY REGARDING THE POEM.
SHOW ME THE CURSED POEM!
“No, that’s a monster”
By C. Cimmone
They say, “Black is a demon stealing all your colors,”
But the shadows are my shepherd
And this speedball is salvation.
Cut it, roll it around in your pocket, listen to it purr.