What A Poem Is Not
A poem isn't a political polemic. It isn't a narcissistic diary entry. It isn’t a sanctimonious advice column. It isn’t rhyming clichés. It isn't expository prose given arbitrary line breaks to make it look like a poem. It isn't just any lyrics of a pop song removed from their supporting musical platform—no matter how solid that platform. It isn’t ever sentimental schlock suitable for Hallmark cards. It isn't a lot of things people call poems. If they read real poems, they would not be so careless about calling something a poem. This diatribe is not a poem. This is just a curmudgeon’s expression of disappointment.
This, on the other hand, is a poem—about poetry.