Yesterday morning, root canal. That night,
throwing up by candlelight.
titles for poems!
May Divorce Be with You.
my students lives, the more I understand
What distinguishes most contemporary poetry from prose isn't meter or rhyme or even line breaks, but a self-conscious spareness and a slightly arch or elevated diction. These are the hallmarks of the poet laboring to achieve intensity, the byproducts of the "language distillation" process.
An Albert Goldbarth poem, by contrast, is wacky, talky, and fat.