Season 4

Oct. 16, 2023

Our Bad Introductions

Feeling nostalgic and a little crunched for time after 100 episodes, Aaron gives up on a blooper reel and finds a whole host of oddities in the uncut recording of "My Bad Poetry- Introductions" from Season 1. A promo that …

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Oct. 9, 2023

A Word of Advice

Dave and Aaron reach 100 episodes of the podcast and are somehow still dealing with Wolf Journal entries. High-schooler Aaron writes not from the mind and it shows as he tries to give advice on how to write. Considering all …

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Sept. 25, 2023

The Prince & Old Photographs (w/Megan McDermott)

"Look at Old Photographs/ Everytime we do it makes us laugh." Megan brings so many gems to the show, yet the crew only had time to discuss two of them. Partly because they kept getting off topic with clergy stuff, …

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Sept. 18, 2023

Return to the Wolf Journal

Having covered all of the typed poems from Aaron's high school anthologies, Dave is sad to learn that the Wolf Journal is far from empty. Aaron finds three loose stanzas to get the show back into the pages of these …

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Sept. 11, 2023

Popular, Two Similar? & When a tree is chopped...? (w/Emily Dillon)

Though Dave had to bow out to be a good parent to sick kids, Aaron and Emily take a break from parenting to talk about poetry! Emily brings not only old poems but pictures from an eighth-grade project. Ekphrastic might …

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Sept. 4, 2023


Dave and Aaron discuss the last of the "poems without a home" from Aaron's typed out high school anthologies. The co-hosts cover the the lighthearted and easily discussed topic of "death." Why was a ninth grader writing about...

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Aug. 28, 2023

Poem & I have (w/ John Yamrus)

The co-hosts are honored to have a two time "Wakefield Prize" winning poet on this week's show. Aside from made up awards, John Yamrus brings decades of wisdom to the podcast in writing and being published. Of course, he also...

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Aug. 21, 2023

A Party at the Manger, The Beard Balm Conundrum, & Judging the Dead (…

Ken, the self described blue collar poet and poet laureate of the Cleveland sewer system, joins Dave and Aaron for some needed discussions around beard balm ingredients, who really was at the manger, and how someone stumbles ...

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Aug. 14, 2023


Aaron and Dave are fated with the task of diving back into the old works of a high school Aaron this week. Instead they spend most of their conversation discussing the Barbie movie; most of which had to be cut …

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Aug. 7, 2023

Conchence, Achers, & Smite (w/ Jessica Cuello)

My Bad Poetry returns from its midseason hiatus with a teacher ready to teach. Jessica Cuello brings her rejects to the table and still manages to encourage and educate the two co-hosts in the best possible way. Hear discussi...

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July 10, 2023

Midseason Blooper Break

Dave and Aaron were unable to find the time to record this week. So Aaron dug through the back catalogue of late Season 3 and the first half of Season 4 to compile this random collection of outtakes and bloopers. …

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July 3, 2023


Aaron and Dave spend the show discussing a day in the life... but not the classic rock song. Aaron's high school poem "Day" barely qualifies as a thought and yet the hosts spent way to much thought on this one. …

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June 26, 2023

Kissing the Fire Eater, Beach House, & Wish He Was Here (w Tate Lewis…

Even with somewhat garbled moments Tate Lewis-Carroll's humor and wisdom comes through clearly and they share some pretty good "bad" poems with Aaron and Dave. Common splices, run on sentences, and a third thing, keep the par...

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June 19, 2023

Married and Buried, Thought is a Caterpillar, & Gently Used (w/ Nolch…

This week Nolcha Fox brings three poems that range in their... quality? Listen to Dave make the most random connection between Nolcha's poem "Gently Used" and the Greek myth of Pandora. Aaron talks about snot and dead caterpi...

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June 12, 2023

PDA, Ugolano...& Masochist (w/ Robert Allen)

This week's episode features three very different types of "bad" poems. Robert brings to the show: a poem he wants to change to flash fiction, a published poem that he considers "his worst", and a typical angsty poem that car...

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June 5, 2023

A Hillbilly’s Desiderium in Colombia & Reverse Rain (w/ Laurence Fosh…

Laurence brings to the show two rough drafts of works that they are still chipping at to find the statue within the stone... but don't think the poems sink on arrival! Follow Dave, Aaron, and Laurence through the murky curren...

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May 29, 2023

Untitled Works & Ganymede in Waiting (w/ Adrian Dallas Frandle)

Adrian dug through a box of loose leaf works to find poems that span a decade. From middle schooler to NYC apartment dweller, Adrian's previous contexts help pull back the curtain on poems full of mixed metaphors, Greek myths...

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May 22, 2023

The Hall

Aaron and Dave find themselves returning to where it all began... the thoughts of a "misunderstood" high schooler. They have walked these halls before and frankly any door would be a good exit from this failed philosophical f...

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May 15, 2023

A Walk & Revelation (w/Paul Lutter)

Aaron is late to recording and Dave is early to leave but Paul Lutter puts up with the both of them. While the hosts have had English teachers and college professors on the show, this is the first time they …

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May 9, 2023

Elegy & A Limerick (w/Matt Schur)

What do Dave and Aaron do when a fellow Les Misérables enthusiast and Luther Seminary alumn comes on the show? Talk about basically everything else. From the complex rhyme structures of limericks to the nuanced, highly sophis...

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May 1, 2023

Worms & I Sense the Presence of a True Believer (w/Candice M. Kelsey)

Aaron and Dave find themselves trying to solve the mystery of Candice Kelsey's Murdered worms and what else She Wrote about. From a red pocket folder emerge poems much like how worms appear on a sidewalk after a spring rain, …

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April 24, 2023

Flipped Coin & Lottie (w/Alex Carrigan)

How do Dave and Aaron decide to get back into the habit after a long break from recording? They drag along a new friend! Alex Carrigan joins the co-hosts for the first episode of Season 4 and carries the show …

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