Finding the Importance of Learning—Flarf

My streaming gem

Is buffering

Is lagging

Is it possible it

Issues from The Tonight Show

Where ‘is’ is a verb and ‘is’ has meaning

Where I have been taught

Where it is you are is.

.

And other people’s words say

And other people’s moneys say

And other people’s clothes say

And other people’s children say

.

I have been taught the speech of birds.

I have been taught high quality examples.

I have been taught light economic needs.

I have been taught faded things written on wooden signs.

I have been taught that education is for other people.

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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.