Sometimes We Love to Scream in Pain—Flarf

Sadism makes drivers scream

A signal in your nervous system

Nightmare booster painting the scream

Screaming out in pain out of nowhere

Describing someone passing out in the rain

It was like my thigh was trying to have a baby


Arthritis pain

Chronic wound pain

Hernia pain

Limb pain


Many people scream out in pain

A heartbroken community grieves

Pleading guilty to visiting a chiropractor

Finding moments of pain amid joy


Screaming releases endorphins into the body

Time for the next drug dose

You are a critical part of your scream’s success

Bad lumbar punch

I could hear a voice screaming


Vicodin, Percocet

Neurontin, Lyrica,

Topamax, and Tampax radiant pearl


When data is accidentally exposed

Emotions have protective functions

That is for survival


FLARF is a wild style of poetry that started as a joke. People noticed that no matter how bad your poems were 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 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: 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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