Does the daily news always make bad poetry?
I was trying to write a poem this morning about how the poet's vision of the world can be worse than impractical, can be a positive hindrance to our actual, practical understanding and communication about what needs to be done in our personal, pragmatic lives about what we understand to to wrong in our world. Often, when I try to write a poem about politics, it comes out as lame poetry and as naive politics. Most explicitly political poems are boringly simplistic, right or left. And, yes, I enjoy topical folk music. Still, what can poetry say about the daily news?
I think if crafted carefully it can be good, i have written a poem about ignorance that i'm very proud of. But I think you have to be careful about it so it doesn't come across as a lecture