Easy Eye Bolt Fastening Hardware—Flarf

With an average of thirty-eight thousand per year

And one hundred percent for free

Except for the weight of the massive links of chain

I’ve anchored my soul to a bolt anchor drenched in drawn butter

An old respawn anchor down and drown

.

And the anchors are meeting

And the anchors are frowning

And the anchors are beating

And the anchors are drowning.

.

And the anchors are fleeting

And flying and dying and crowning and browning

And rusting and drowning and crusting

And beating and dusting and frowning

.

In filling pools of white spray over red stone

At least that’s the way they’d wish to be known

***

FLARF is a wild style of poetry that started as a joke. People noticed that no matter how bad your poems were Poetry.com would tell you that you had won their poetry prize. Then, they would try to scam you out of your money. So devious poets started sending the crappiest poetry they could write to Poetry.com. Even that would win the poetry prize. These poets began sending each other their crappy poems, and eventually it became a legitimate poetry style. If you want to read more about the FLARF or any of the other poetry terms, check out the glossary of poetic terms from the Poetry Foundation at: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/learn/glossary-terms

Google painting is a type of collaging that primarily uses internet search results and Google’s search prediction capabilities to generate quasi-random phrases. The technique helps jumpstart creativity with strange juxtapositions, broken syntax, and internet speak.

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