Topic: Poetry

January 2, 2013

A new poem about writing less and nail fungus, brought to you by the hundreds of spam comments that we delete every week. Don't thank us, thank the internet.

November 29, 2012

Stymie started with a simple, good idea from founding editor Eric Smetana: smart sports storytelling in a variety of different styles. From that good idea has come a consistently good literary magazine focused on exploring sports through the lenses of fiction and poetry. 

August 24, 2012

In which an especially avant-garde spam comment about Justin Bieber, skateboarding, and (mostly) misused words inspires our spam poets to go above and beyond, into the realm of experimental diptychs and spoken word. It's weird.

July 12, 2012


It is the poet's job to provoke us to think, and feel, in new ways. It is the spammer's job to embed hyperlinks to bootleg headphones and running shoes in chunks of garbage prose. Here is where the two meet, on the battlefield of politics and prose. Or whatever.

July 9, 2012

Our latest installment of spam-inspired poetry deals with the problem of New York City's Penn Station, and offers a frankly unconvincing solution.

July 3, 2012

A photograph of Shaquille O'Neal in a stupid wig on the set of an Adam Sandler sequel, and the poetry it inspired.

June 29, 2012

Our most recent installment in the Spam Poetics series relates to material privilege and bikini operation. And, as ever, to the power of absolute nonsense.

June 25, 2012

Today's spam poesy is perhaps the most ambitious entry in the field yet: a simultaneous inversion of and tribute to an especially avant-garde Oakley-spamming comment, repurposed here into a tribute to Classical favorites and official minor league soccer team, The Baltimore Bohemians. You're crazy for this one, Logan K. Young.

June 22, 2012

There are always more spam comments, which means that there is more poetry comprised of those spam comments. Today's poems come from the artist more widely known as @Classical_eBooks, and they are especially moving if you are into sneakers or despondent socialites or Nick Markakis.

June 21, 2012


We get a lot of spam comments, we know. It's annoying, and we're going to continue to delete them. But not before we find the poesy buried in these blurps of crass incoherence.