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Paul does not like poetry.
Paul does not like other people’s poetry.
Paul does not like some people’s poetry.
Paul does not like incoherent rambling poems.
Paul does not like thinly stretched rhyming poems.
Paul does not like overly green nature poems with yarrow.
Paul does not like putting green poems.
Paul does not like new mother changing soiled diapers poems.

Paul does not like apple pie poems
unless the poet provides slices of apple pie to all attendants.

Paul does not like Spanish grandmother
making tortillas by hand poems.

Paul liked those poem categories the first twenty times
he heard them, but has grown weary of them
over the poetry slam seasons.

Paul likes hot meals better than poems about hot meals.
Paul likes sex better than poems about sex.
Paul likes walking in nature better than hearing nature poems.
Paul likes playing baseball better than hearing
Mighty Casey at the Bat or Tinkers to Evers to Chance.

Paul supports his independent book shop
by purchasing copious amounts of small press
and university press poetry books.

Paul reads each poetry book once
then places them in a sidewalk poetry edition little library box.

Paul keeps one out of every one hundred
poetry books he purchases to collect dust on a bookshelf.

Paul has become his own get off my lawn poem
when it comes to poetry.

copyright © 2021 Kenneth P. Gurney

Library

I placed your historical novel on a shelf.
The shelf contained many other dusty books.

It was one of many shelves with dusty books.
The dust implies I neglect the books I treasure.

They are really an old display of wealth.
You cannot judge a man today on the size of his library.

When it comes to poetry I place each book I finish
in a little poetry library box.

Unread poetry on a shelf does little to nothing
to influence the world’s progress.

The box I place them in has a high turnover rate
so I believe the poetry gets read regularly.

I feel for the poets who signed the book copy I purchased
thinking I would treasure their words forever.

Especially if they found that signed copy
in a little poetry library box.

copyright © 2021 Kenneth P. Gurney