2. Singer-songwriter Amanda Palmer posted “A Poem for Dzhokhar,” an ode to the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, shortly after he was taken into custody. It’s been widely criticized. Here’s an excerpt:
you don’t know how it felt to be in the womb but it must have been at least a little warmer than this.
you don’t know how intimately they’re recording your every move on closed-circuit cameras until you see your face reflected back at you through through the pulp.
you don’t know how to stop picking at your fingers.
you don’t know how little you’ve been paying attention until you look down at your legs again.
you don’t know how many times you can say you’re coming until they just stop believing you.
you don’t know how orgasmic the act of taking in a lungful of oxygen is until they hold your head under the water.
you don’t know how many vietnamese soft rolls to order.
you don’t know how convinced your parents were that having children would be, absolutely, without question, the correct thing to do.
you don’t know how precious your iphone battery time was until you’re hiding in the bottom of the boat.
3. Thom Dunn of the blog Five by Five Hundred wrote this totally scathing poem in response.
5. A band called The Null Device also parodied the form and tone of Palmer’s poem in the withering “A Poem for Me.”
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