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My dad just sent me a 22-page poem that he apparently wrote and wants me to read. A 22-PAGE POEM. WTF.

I don't have much of a relationship with my family atm, and this strikes me as being a particularly unlikely icebreaker. A 22-page poem. Jesus Christ. I barely read poetry by actual poets.

I'm mostly amused by the idea, but that doesn't mean I want to read it.

Date: 2011-12-07 12:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] disbelief11.livejournal.com
Perhaps some of us could read it for you and give you the short version? Could be an interesting experiment...seeing what bits we each pick out.

Date: 2011-12-07 12:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oiran.livejournal.com
Heh. That's awfully tempting, but even a short version would probably be more than 10 pages! Of poetry!

No, I'm going to have to read it, I guess. It really does seem a lot to ask of someone, though. I mean, if he wants to be a poet, fine, but why not start with something shorter? A limerick, maybe. I could almost happily read a limerick.

Date: 2011-12-07 01:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] disbelief11.livejournal.com
Perhaps a dramatic reading with wine?

Buy him a book of haikus for the holidays...

Date: 2011-12-07 02:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stone-princess.livejournal.com
I'm fairly certain the age of epic poetry has passed. I'm actually astounded by this. Who would decide to do this and then inflict it on anyone other than their creative writing seminar? It's just weird.

Date: 2011-12-07 04:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oiran.livejournal.com
It is definitely weird. I had no idea my father wrote anything at all, much less epic poetry. Actually, I'm not sure it's one long poem - it might be 22 pages of unrelated, shorter poems, but that's still a lot of poetry to foist on someone. I skimmed it a little and there seem to be a lot of musings on the nature of god. I'm not looking forward to getting into that in any greater detail.

Date: 2011-12-07 04:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alitria.livejournal.com
This just feels like one of those perilous no-win emotional hostage type-situations. I mean, seriously? Read my intimate thoughts in what's probably really bad poetry and discuss your feelings with me? Oh, hell no.

Date: 2011-12-07 04:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oiran.livejournal.com
Yes, exactly. That it exists and I don't want to read it already has me feeling guilty; getting into its actual content and considering its literary merit is surely going to make me feel even worse.

Date: 2011-12-07 11:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tehomet.livejournal.com
22 pages? Wow. Is he the new Milton? :)

Date: 2011-12-07 06:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dougiefelchtone.livejournal.com
I was going to go with Homer, but Milton works just as well.

"musings on the nature god "?

Keeeeerist.

Date: 2011-12-07 10:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oiran.livejournal.com
Yeah.

When I was a kid, my dad read a lot of "alternative" religious/spiritual stuff and I remember being lectured on the dubious teachings of Carlos Castenada on multiple uncomfortable occasions. I know he went to church when he was a kid, but I was unaware of any resurgence in his Christian feelings until I skimmed this file. At first, I was thinking that this was an attempt to reconnect with me, but now I'm wondering if it's just meant to piss me off.

Date: 2011-12-07 10:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oiran.livejournal.com
Somehow I doubt it, though a skim of the middle of the document does show that he's doing a lot of musing on the nature of god. I've never known him to write at all, much less poetry (or, as is more likely, "poetry") and that adds to my trepidation.

Date: 2011-12-08 05:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pun.livejournal.com
I barely read poetry by actual poets.

Ha! I so hear you.

Last year I lived through four days of listening to poetry for work. Four of the longest days of my life!

Date: 2011-12-08 06:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oiran.livejournal.com
Four days??? I think that constitutes an unsafe work environment. You should have unionized or something.

Date: 2011-12-09 12:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pun.livejournal.com
Oh my god. You have no idea!! There was this one woman who I had to hear read like four times. And by the fourth time I actually had to make someone else take over what I was doing and leave the room because I had fallen into that kind of hysterical laughter where something is so awful it's funny.

I also kept cracking myself up by saying things like, "I sure hope these next readings will include some references to an unhappy childhood or feelings of uncertainty of one's place in the universe. Do you think we'll get any of those?"

It was really worse than you can even imagine.

Although I surprised myself by actually spending a fair amount of time playing with the poetry app on Sir Pun's dad's ipad the other day. It's just that no one wants poetry in any way jammed down their throat. Hence the problem with sending someone a 22-page poem and emotionally blackmailing them into reading it!

Date: 2011-12-09 12:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oiran.livejournal.com
LOL. That sounds excruciating.

It's just that no one wants poetry in any way jammed down their throat.

No, ma'am. I am considering the option of just ignoring it.

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