Monday, 1 February 2016

'Vagued Up' Poetry

Back in 2007, The Onion ran a spoof article about a poet taking an extra five minutes to "vague up" a poem, giving "the piece a level of vagueness more suitable for publication."

It's as true today as it was then. I did exactly that to one of my poems, deciding to feck about with the form a bit, and got it into Riverbabble 28, published by Pandemonium Press.

What was published is on the left; the original version is on the right. I will be applying this technique to all of my poems from now on in order to obscure meaning completely. I call this 'The Muldoon Method'.


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