POEM ADDRESSING THE DEEP PAIN OF FAILURE AND THE IMPORTANCE OF THE POEM
One thing that is horrible is that I haven’t won any prestigious awards. I am hoping that this poem, or the book this poem is in, will win something fabulous, like a National Book Award or at least garner a Pushcart Prize, or be included in The Best American Poetry. What I’m doing in these five short sentences is pretty spectacular. I’m not bragging I’m just trying to communicate a certain idea. Also, the attention directed at the poem will feel like attention directed at my ego and so in that way this poem is responsible for my self-esteem.
POEM ADDRESSING MY POETRY FRIENDS AND WHATNOT, MY CONTEMPORARIES WHOM I MEET AND CONVERSE WITH
I mostly feel inferior. Many of you are smart and good looking and, more importantly, obviously very “cool.” Some of you have won something prestigious or went to some super great school or something. I like to think that I am very “cool” but I question myself sometimes when I am around you. Other times, I feel that you are pretentious or too serious or too something or too stupid. Sometimes I feel superior to you. Sometimes I don’t enjoy being with you because all of us can be so self-conscience. This makes for some awkward stuff sometimes. Thank goodness we all drink so much!
POEM ADDRESSING THE BEST POSSIBLE THINGS THIS POEM COULD ACCOMPLISH
This poem could me bring me the attention and recognition that I crave. It could change the way I view myself and the world. This poem could support my family. It could keep them safe and warm when they’re young and leave them great wealth (financially and emotionally) when I am dead and they are old. Just imagine it!