Clutching At Straws

Clutching at Straws is an online poetry journal that features “strange, head-scratching, absurd, and hilarious” poetry. The poetry is, well, strange. The site tends to feature peculiar—or sometimes non-existent—metrical patterns. I hold such poems to a higher standard of lyricism, since the poet needn’t deal with the constraint (or the safety net, depending on your viewpoint) of simple meter.

Still, much of the poetry is funny, and some is successfully thought-provoking. I have yet to find a poem that is musically beautiful, but that doesn’t seem to be the site’s goal. It’s great for an afternoon chuckle or head-scratch.