What is Bad Poetry?

What is ‘bad poetry’?

Bad poetry is not ‘proper’ poetry.

As we all know, proper poetry is Keats or Lemn Sissay or Carole Ann Duffy or Larkin.

Bad poetry is more inclined towards song lyrics or so-called ‘slam’ poetry. Just like these two distant cousins, bad poetry is best accompanied by good delivery. For this reason it is best-delivered by the author. It is (in essence) a performance art.

Elsewhere on this website lies a link to past and future readings by Jody Redmires.

Bad Poetry makes sense and it (usually) rhymes. It is often less ethereal and obtuse than proper poetry – more accessible, some might say.

You have come across it before, even if you don’t realise it. Bad poetry is Victoria Wood, Pam Ayers, Alan Bennett, John Cooper Clarke, Alexei Sayle, Ian Dury, Eminem, and so on.

It is Little and Large or The Chuckle Brothers. It is more Barker and Corbett than Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath.

Read on and if you wish to be involved in the ‘Bad Poetry’ initiative, get in touch with the self-appointed President of the Bad Poets Society, Jody Redmires.