Authors: Kathryn Petras
A VINTAGE ORIGINAL, APRIL 1997
1997 Kathryn Petras and Ross Petras
All rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright Conventions. Published in the United States by Vintage Books, a division of Random House, Inc., New York, and simultaneously in Canada by Random House of Canada Limited, Toronto.
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Very bad poetry / edited by Kathryn Petras and Ross Petras.
1. English poetry 2. American poetry.
I. Petras, Kathryn. II. Petras, Ross.
Fear not, grand eagle
The bay of the beagle!
Fred Emerson Brooks
I seemed to feel as it were a strange kind of feeling stealing over me, and remained so for about five minutes. A flame, as Lord Byron has said, seemed to kindle up my entire frame, along with a strong desire to write poetry…
It was so strong I imagined that a pen was in my right hand, and a voice crying, “Write Write!” So I said to myself, ruminating, let me see; what shall I write? then all at once a bright idea struck me.
o did William McGonagall, probably one of the worst poets of the English language, describe his first session with the poetic Muse.