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Bad Poetry Day

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Bad Poetry Day

When : Always August 18th

Bad Poetry Day is a day to create some really bad verse. But, why you ask? Perhaps, the answer is simply "because you can". Maybe, it exists to allow us to better appreciate good poetry. Or, perhaps it is to be written to irritate someone......

According to, the creators of this day, the intention is to gather a group of old high school friends, and write some really bad poetry. Then, send the poetry to your old high school teacher. Wow!, That sounds like a lot of fun......

Today's Poem dedicated to you, the reader:

So, you're a poet
But you don't know it.
Try writing some verse
But, don't be terse.
After it's writ,
It will read like..........

Walt Whitman is probably turning in his grave.
Happy Bad Poetry Day

Origin of Bad Poetry Day:
This special day was actually created by the good folks at They have created a number of special days and have actually copyrighted them so they can profit by it. Dontcha just love America!?

This Day in History August 18th

Marriage in Paris, France of the Huguenot King Henry III of Navarre to Margaret of Valois, in a supposed attempt to reconcile Protestants and Catholics. (1572)

Virginia Dare, granddaughter of Governor John White of the Colony of Roanoke, becomes the first English child born in the Americas. (1587)

John White, the governor of the Roanoke Colony, returns from a supply trip to England and finds his settlement deserted. (1590)

Urbain Grandier, accused and convicted of sorcery, is burned alive in Loudun, France. (1634)

A huge fireball meteor is seen across Great Britain as it passes over the east coast. (1783)

American Civil War: Battle of Globe Tavern – Union forces try to cut a vital Confederate supply-line into Petersburg, Virginia, by attacking the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad. (1864)

French astronomer Pierre Janssen discovers helium. (1868)

Asaph Hall discovers Martian moon Phobos. (1877)

German engineer Karl Jatho allegedly flies his self-made, motored gliding airplane four months before the first flight of the Wright brothers. (1903)

The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, guaranteeing women's suffrage. (1920)

The Thousand Islands Bridge, connecting New York, United States with Ontario, Canada over the Saint Lawrence River, is dedicated by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. (1938)

Vladimir Nabokov's controversial novel Lolita is published in the United States. (1958)

American civil rights movement: James Meredith becomes the first black person to graduate from the University of Mississippi. (1963)

Vietnam War: Operation Starlite begins – United States Marines destroy a Viet Cong stronghold on the Van Tuong peninsula in the first major American ground battle of the war. (1965)

Vietnam War: the Battle of Long Tan ensues after a patrol from the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment clashes with a Viet Cong force in Phuoc Tuy province. (1966)

Vietnam War: Australia and New Zealand decide to withdraw their troops from Vietnam. (1971)

In the Korean Demilitarized Zone at Panmunjom, the Axe murder incident results in the death of two US soldiers. (1976)

Steve Biko is arrested at a police roadblock under the Terrorism Act No 83 of 1967 in King William's Town, South Africa. He would later die of the injuries sustained during this arrest bringing attention to South Africa's apartheid policies. (1977)

Hurricane Alicia hits the Texas coast, killing 22 people and causing over USD$1 billion in damage (1983 dollars). (1983)

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