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Alexis Pope and Joshua Young

from I Am Heavy w/ Feeling

This is very serious

but it’s a poem

so how serious can it

really be

I have a friend

who believes poetry

does absolutely nothing—

changes nothing—

it is simply something

the educated do

but her poems could

move buildings

& I don’t know

what it really does—

I don’t—

sometimes privilege blankets

that kind of knowledge

but how many marriages

have MFA programs ruined

let’s be honest

poetry didn’t turn us

into assholes