I might need to apologise in the morning, but…
Is this a poem? –
I stood in my kitchen staring at the floor,
so many gatherings happened here,
and now I am hungry
and the kitchen is empty.
Or just a sentence that has fallen down a stair case? Splitting a sentence up over several lines does not make a poem.
The above is original but it is an example of a lot of stuff that is out there at the moment. It is why I have failed to enjoy poetry when I have tried. I have, for some unknown reason to myself (as I am a novelist at heart), started writing the stuff. I don’t think poetry needs to sit in the romantic teenage angst corner of the literary world, but it is hard for the stoic amongst us to find our way in. I love words, and I think poetry is well suited to them, but the above is just a pointless cop-out.
There is a satisfying cadence to the English language that can be showcased with poetry. Breaking up sentences and pretending it is art is an insult to that. Write better.