Most of my poem poems are quite short. Most of the poem poems I run into in my reading are actually parts of larger poems. The poem will go on about this or that and at some point the poet will refer to the poem as though it were a creature, or physical object, the poem itself will take on metaphorical qualities. Excised these passages would, I think, be poem poems. Among the denunciations in Joseph Duemer’s “Curses” are two directed at the poem:
Damn poem, dead on the page, accident
victim. Damn that it expects me
to read it from its blue coma.
source: Anthology of Magazine Verse 1980