...want to demonstrate their uniqueness and originality by "finding their voice" in "speaking truth [to power]", "straight from the heart".
...remind us of the difference between prose and poetry as they try to convince us that all poems are born equal. Even theirs.
...dominate open mics, slams, readings, publications and, well, just about everything. Except critical forums. Go figure.
...reflect the statistical absurdity that 90% of drivers think they are better than average.
...form the only significant potential market for better poets.
...give us someone to talk about in the third person.
...serve the same evolutionary function as sound checks and spam: they show that messages are getting through without actually saying anything.
...make us almost glad that the public doesn't read poetry.
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