In October, Josef Kaplan released a poem called “Kill List” via the publishing platform CARS ARE REAL. The poem’s premise is pretty simple. A (relatively) well-known poet is named, and then either described as “rich” or “comfortable.”
A brief example:
Lanny Jordan Jackson is comfortable.
Jewel is a rich poet.
Josef Kaplan is comfortable.
Justin Katko is a rich poet.
This continues for 58 pages.
The first question: Is it a poem? Answer: Sure. While much conceptual poetry wouldn’t be considered poetry by previous generations of poets (could you see Goethe reading a translated version of Josef Kaplan’s “Kill List” and considering it a poem?), this doesn’t mean that “Kill List” isn’t poetry. A wide swathe of poetry (free verse, prose poems) wouldn’t have been considered poetry, but so what? Paradigms shift. Notions of what is and is not art change, and I’ve got no problem with that.
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