A Painful Look at the Breakdown of a Marriage—Flarf

What shines tends to develop impurities.

Do you see how much its lagging,

Or whatever it’s called again,



Fascinated by fungi and the fantasy kingdom.

When it rains it will be really bad.

And I want to play it.

I really do.


And an unforgettable dance club experience.

I just want to try it.

I want to play it.

I need to.

Right now.

Not when it’s raining.


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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