I want y'all to know all about a wonderful milspouse named Jehanne Dubrow who has written a book of poetry called Stateside. It's amazing, really, to read these words that perfectly capture the feel of a deployment...only they're beautiful and not full of f-bombs.
I don't know poetry well enough to write it, but I really appreciate it. I do know it's easy to write mediocre poetry. It's damn hard to write the good stuff, and it's almost as difficult to write truly awful poetry. Except for high school poems about unrequited love. Those are always terrible, but then it's hard to write mediocre anything when you're full of emo.
In celebration of Jehanne's amazingness, we're holding a wee little contest.
To win an autographed copy of Stateside, give us some bad poetry. Two rules:
- We want poems that practically steam from the level of suck in them.
- Poems should be about the military, military life, or deployment. They can snark or they can make like the military is the bestest thing ever. Ode to an Underway? Bring it. Haiku about gate guards? Sho nuff! A double-dactyl about deployment gremlins? As long as it sucks.
Make us groan or make us laugh. Make us twitch, even. Whatever form you choose, make sure your poem is really, really, ridiculously bad.
We'll be open to entries through Sunday, April 25, 2010 at midnight PDT. Post your entry in the comments and be sure to come back and read everyone else's entries.