Who doesn’t love bad poetry? As part of their new issue on poetry, 614 Magazine posted a new interview with Yonah Lavery, the winner of our Bad Poetry Contest. Now, we don’t mean to be down on poetry — and Ms. Lavery is one of our favorite people — but bad poetry just gets us giddy. And, fortunately, the interview doesn’t focus solely on Lavery’s poetry, although it does get in some good points about the nature of poetry — and the nature of calling something “Jewish”:
I told everyone! In fact, I thought about making business cards with “Worst Jewish Poet” on them. Yesterday I told a good friend of mine, a 90-year-old woman who used to be my landlady.
“Guess what, Miriam? I wrote the worst Jewish poem!”
“The worst Jewish poem? You?! You are writing a Jewish poem?”
To my amazement, she started hugging me and weeping tears of joy. “I am so proud of you! And now I have somebody to talk to!”
I was confused at her reaction but happy for the hugs, until she asked, “But tell meâ€”when did you learn to speak Jewish?”
I felt so guilty that I’d given her false hope for a fellow Yiddish-speaker that I started learning Yiddish from her right away.