Lenny DellaRocca is founder and co-publisher of South Florida Poetry Journal-SoFloPoJo. He is honored to be among a stellar one-up of poets at the 2019 Miami Book Fair, where he’ll read from his latest collection, Festival of Dangerous Ideas (Unsolicited Press, 2019). His chap, Things I See in the Fire won the 2018 Yellow Jacket Press contest. His work has appeared in many small presses since 1980.
Do Not Read This Poem
if you sneeze at the mention of pantoums,
get hives in the presence of puns
or sweat at the sight of imagery.
If you are pregnant or would like
to become pregnant, see your workshop facilitator
and ask if this poem is right for you.
Rubbing out words from this poem
can allude to deconstruction and reference
erasure poems of ill repute.
Should you feel faint when certain
seek a simile immediately.
This poem has been tested in blind
clinical trials where some readers
suffered from not getting it, thoughts of
why doesn’t it rhyme? or seizures
in an absence of meter.
If you or someone you know
suffers from symptoms such as
liberal language, intellectual iambs,
loads of laughter at alliteration or
an erection for more than
two consecutive readings of this poem,
contact your English professor.