My Bad Poetry

My Bad Poetry

Aaron and Dave dive into an old private journal to read poems written in high school. Along the way the two have found themselves joined by some incredibly amazing people, all willing to share some of their own bad poetry. Experience a mix of self-reflection, humor, self-deprecation, great conversations and just maybe a half decent poem!


April 15, 2024 23 mins

After an incredible streak of amazing guests, Aaron and Dave dive back into the pages of Aaron's high school Wolf Journal for what may be described as an Epistolary poem if one were generous. Dave brings "nothing" to the table with his poem of the week and Aaron may have brought to much. Also, if you are celebrating #NaPoWriMo maybe these failed lines could be generative for your daily work.

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Frances Klein makes such an amazing return to the show that she may have out hosted the hosts. With three "new" bad poems from her past, Frances brings us through the stylings of a dictionary and thesaurus, with an uninhibited poem, an ekphrastic/found poem, and an add copy?? Oh Dave and Aaron were there too. (Also includes Tallulah's first guest bark.)

My Bad Poetry 5.18 "Doppelganger, Scenes..., & Hibern...

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April 1, 2024 17 mins

Co-Hosts Aaron and Dave took the week off to focus on their day jobs.

Enjoy a compilation of the tangents, distractions, and strange takes that just didn't make the cut for a "normal" episode.

This episode features the vocal stylings of previous guests Trapper Markelz, Shiksha Dheda, Madeleine Crowley, jason b. crawford, L.M. Cole, Court Ludwick, and Aaron's daughter...We think a chuckle from Nicole Tallman may ...

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Kelli Russell Agadon makes her triumphant return to the show after nearly two years since she became the first true guest of the show. This time around, Kelli brings three poems from three different eras in her writing career. She talks with Dave and Aaron about "dressing up" poems, choosing strong titles, and flipping everything on its head, when editing one's work.

My Bad Poetry 5.17 "Both Things are True...N...

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The Stick Figure Poet himself joins Dave and Aaron to share an eclectic collection of bad poetry from the 90s. From cocky self assurance, to shy kid in the corner, to kissing death, the twists and turns will keep the co-hosts on their toes.

My Bad Poetry Episode 5.16 "World, Ambiance..., & Making Love... (w/Darrell Parry)"

End Poet from a Real Poet: "Exorcism" by Darrell Parry, found in Twists: Gathered Eph...

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When a poet reaches out to the show with the phrase "I am willing to dive into the old, Sad Boi notebooks and unleash all the Cringe" one cannot say no. Court does not disappoint with her selections. Warning, some pot brownies may have been consumed in the writing of these poems... need we say more? Huge shout out to "Arts Callings Podcast" w/ Jaime Alejandro for being the connection point that made this episo...

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Dave and Aaron banked an odd episode in case the weekend got busy. Here the co-hosts return to Aaron's high school Wolf Journal with the sad realization that Aaron often dwelled on the same topics and styles. They take this opportunity to discuss types of love.

My Bad Poetry 5.14 Untitled Wolf Journal Entry (Obsession Redux)

End Poem from a Real Poet: "Poem Not to Be Read at Your Wedding" by Beth Ann Fennelly


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From dark tendrils to spotted slugs and briars of prongs, L.M. Cole's draft folder is full of some strange images. Aaron and Dave dive into the draft folder with L.M. to find the less than subtle cries for help in the glassy ocean that is... Iowa?

My Bad Poetry Episode 5.13: "Pumpkin King ... Decreasing Functionality (w/ L.M. Cole)"

End Poem from a Real Poet: "No Portents On This Path" by L.M. Cole recently...

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Dave and Aaron find themselves in the presence of the 2023 Omnidawn 1st/2nd Book Prize winner, jason b. crawford! That being said the poems they share on the show aren't ones that made the cut for Yeet! or Year of the Unicorn Kidz, or really anything... and that is probably a good thing. Hear jason's undergrad and recent grad work that were found in an old folder on an old email that they were gracious enough to dig out for...

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While Dave is unable to make it, Aaron and Madeleine carry on a cosmic journey over a silk road to a ocean of plastic. From 2017 and 2018 archived documents Madeleine finds evidence of unrequited love and odd artistic choices. Feel free to use any of these lines for your Valentines. She even brings a short song to kick things off. Also, no dolphins were harmed in the recording of this episode.

My Bad Poetry Episode 5.11: "Conf...

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Nicole returns to My Bad Poetry with a high school poem and a college assignment (that earned an A). The only thing these two poems share? Nicole thinks they are bad. Since Dave and Aaron have no clue how to speak or read French they will just have to take her word for it.

My Bad Poetry Episode 5.10: "Ode to My Pal, John & La Reine du Déguisement (w/ Nicole Tallman)" End Poem from a Real Poet: "The Velvet Roo...

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Shiksha wants to make it clear that these are the poems of a 16 year old so listeners beware. From "school is a prison," to a personified Death, Shiksha takes Dave and Aaron through the ringer of cliche high school poems. They all find a little solace in the fact that we all tend to need the same things, and in the end isn't that a sweet piece of cake to consider?

My Bad Poetry Episode 5.9: "The Jail I Enrolled ...

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Dave and Aaron welcome back the Gorgan writer herself, Raegen Pietrucha. Raegen has done her due diligence and dug up two old poems from her own high school journal (covered with suns and moons no less). Along with one hold over poem from her last appearance, the the co-hosts work through the emo angst, rhymes, and stream of consciousness to conclude... high school is a weird time.

My Bad Poetry Episode 5.8: "Untitled & ...

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Dave and Aaron return from their holiday breaks with new guest on the show Trapper Markelz. From questionable interpretations of salt formations to interesting fisher slang, this conversation takes many unexpected turns, much like Trapper's poem on babies. Trapper Markelz is a cyclist, music producer, startup CEO, angler, father, and poet, whose newest poetry book Childproof Sky is available through Cherry Dress Chapbooks. My Bad P...
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December 31, 2023 20 mins

For our podcast's "proof of life" during this extended holiday season, enjoy some bloopers and outtakes from the first six episodes of Season Five. Special features include: technical difficulties, general distractions, tired hosts, and a lot of extra laughs with Lannie Stabile.

If you enjoyed this episode, pop on over the our other bonus episode of the season featuring Luke Wortley briefly revisiting topics from his...

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Though originally cut for time, this boardgame conversation seemed to interesting to leave on the cutting room floor. So during this extended winter break My Bad Poetry decided to drop this special bonus mini Boardgame episode that has nothing to do with poetry whatsoever. Enjoy! Luke Wortley used to be a featured guest/co-host on the Game of Thrones Card Game podcast The White Book (named for the log that chronicles the history a...
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December 18, 2023 40 mins

CW: Some references to abuse made throughout the episode.

Lannie Stabile makes her triumphant return to the podcast as its "secret third co-host" with more rabbit holes as well as physical proof of future material (seven journals worth in fact!). Dave and Aaron are regaled with tales of theatre camp, pig fests, and spelling bees, that somehow are tangentially related to the bad poem she brought to the show.

Since her ...

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Content Warning: The final "bad" poem does deal with a death by suicide. Covering 34'-40'. _____ Luke Wortley tries a bold strategy coming on the show, which is exploring tangents long enough to never actually get to any of his "bad" poetry. Even his first poem distracts the co-hosts with the painting the ekphrastic is describing! Nevertheless, poems are discussed, from garbage to mitigated garbage, end...

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December 4, 2023 21 mins

Dave and Aaron return to their normal format after the Thanksgiving break just as previous Aaron seemed to return to his (rather unfortunate) normal form. The hosts get to brush up on the now classic "toxic masculinity" critique to see if slightly older high-school Aaron has matured at all. While Dave saw a glimmer of hope in a few lines of compassion, Aaron couldn't get past the cringe.

My Bad Poetry Episode 5.4: &q...

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November 27, 2023 18 mins

Aaron's sister delivers on a hope first expressed in episode 5.1 "Not Long Song...Not Long," providing audio files from a cassette tape in Aaron's past. Dave and Aaron take a break for the Thanksgiving Holiday but not before taking a listen to these never before shared "songs" from a piney-whiney high school Aaron circ. 2008.

Warning: amateur emo piano ballads may cause unexpected ear bleeds and/or thou...

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