I like to paraphrase Stephanie Burt’s take on poetry, where she says something like:

not liking poetry is like only hearing Beethoven and Kendrick Lamar and not getting totally into it, then deciding music isn’t for you.

Poetry can be sooooo different, like the difference between jazz and metal and polka and electronic, and in school you often only exposed to the so-called classics, which you might not like, but I can almost guarantee you might like another kind of poem.

(As a side note Beethoven and Kendrick Lamar are awesome as hell)

I’ll never forget the experience of encountering one of the first poems to really set my mind adrift and make me feel out of this world as see just how much a poem can rearrange the brain’s circuitry—it was a poem from issue 21 of Conduit, by the great Bob Hicok. To this day it is one of my very favorites.

Here’s a picture of the poem and also a link to it. It’s called “The Order of Things.”

Sign in to participate in the conversation

A community centered on the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, and their surrounding region.

An alternative to social networks that connected people in the region that have either died away or driven people off with unethical or anti-social policies.

MSP Social is a noncommercial community service, hosted and administered by @lawremipsum. Users should not feel obligated to contribute financially to the project. But contributions to defray server costs and/or for possible future expansion are welcome at Patreon, Liberapay or via PayPal to lawremipsum at gmail.

We financially support local community-oriented organizations. Currently, we support WedgeLive, Streets MN, Grease Rag and The MN Tool Library. Future support of community-oriented organizations will be determined by accountholders, donors and the admin, and is likely to be focused on groups that advance the values of the donors and encourage underrepresented voices in community and urban planning spheres.

Recurring contributors: @hfrazey,, @Jennybellium, @densetsu, @iangreenleaf, @britvulcan, @joeld, @yeahno, @paulference, @billmk, @brandon, @benjotron, @june @wafflesoup and anonymous.

If you're a current Twitter user, here is a tool that can help Twitter friends find each other on Mastodon.