How Did We Miss This?

We were busy, that’s how. But now our various brands of existential craziness have ebbed for the moment, enabling us to linger wistfully on a lost opportunity.

Which lost opportunity? Taking advantage of August 18, Bad Poetry Day, on which Thomas and Ruth Roy, under the name of Wellcat Holidays & Herbs, encourage people to write bad poems and send them to their high-school English teachers as an ironic “thank you” for all the allegedly “good” poetry those ex-students were forced to study back in the day.

The one bummer about this holiday is that the Roys have copyrighted it. So don’t start manufacturing commemorative T-shirts and bumper stickers without talking to them.

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A former altar boy and a former U.S. Army interrogator, respectively, John F. Buckley and Martin Ott were born and raised in Michigan, meeting each other at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor before separately migrating to California in the early 1990s to attend graduate schools, their friendship evolving into a writing collaboration – what they refer to as poetic volleyball. They both currently live in Southern California, John with his wife, Martin with his wife and two children. John teaches English composition at several local colleges, while Martin works as a marketing strategist for a global company. John still affects a strange piety; Martin still finds himself asking a lot of questions. Individually and together, their writing has appeared in over 150 periodicals and anthologies, garnering three Pushcart Prize nominations for Martin’s poems “India Ivy” and “When Bridges Fall” (available in his collection Children of Interrogation, which has been a finalist or semi-finalist in eighteen poetry prizes) and John’s “Poem for Christy’s Daughter” (available in his collection Kinks in the Hose). Martin has also optioned three screenplays. His chapbook Misery Loves was published on Red Dancefloor Press. John’s chapbook Breach Birth was published on Propaganda Press.
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