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Australia’s Richest Writes Universe’s Worst

By Harriet Staff

Gina Rinehart

For those who have decried Kristen Stewart’s recent poem published in Marie Claire as the “worst poem ever written,” we invite you to surf over to the Telegraph for a poetical effort that truly takes the cake. The contender today is mining magnate Gina Rinehart, Australia’s wealthiest person. As the Telegraph reports:

The poem, a sort of ode to mining titled “Our Future”, has been engraved on a plaque fixed to a 30-ton iron ore boulder as part of a new outdoor artwork in the billionaire’s home state of Western Australia. Ms Rinehart proposed that the boulder be installed as a monument to iron ore.

The poem, which consists of eight rhyming couplets, proclaims the benefits of the resources industry and lampoons the government.

But its aesthetic quality has come under question, with one critic describing it on Wikipedia as “the universe’s worst poem, although many still dispute if it qualifies to be classified as poetry”.

We’ll let you to head to the train wreck yourself. Nothing screams poetry quite like condescension and “special economic zones.”

Posted in Poetry News on Monday, February 24th, 2014 by Harriet Staff.