Must Read: Kristen Stewart's Embarrassing Poem 'My Heart Is A Wiffle Ball/Freedom Pole'

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by Kevin Jagernauth
February 10, 2014 12:27 PM
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Some actors play music on the side, others write novels, while some dabble in painting or other artistic pursuits. But for Kristen Stewart, she likes to get creative in her free time with poetry, and she's sharing with the world one of her works.

The actress has unveiled "My Heart Is A Wiffle Ball/Freedom Pole"—a title worthy of James Franco—in the pages of Marie Claire. Describing the result as "so embarrassing" we'll let you judge for yourself below. And in case you're wondering, she wrote it during a road trip last year following the Rupert Sanders scandal and her breakup with Robert Pattinson. So many emotions ... [via The Wrap]

My Heart Is A Wiffle Ball/Freedom Pole

I reared digital moonlight
You read its clock, scrawled neon across that black
Kismetly … ubiquitously crest fallen
Thrown down to strafe your foothills
…I’ll suck the bones pretty.
Your nature perforated the abrasive organ pumps
Spray painted everything known to man,
Stream rushed through and all out into
Something Whilst the crackling stare down sun snuck
Through our windows boarded up
He hit your flint face and it sparked.

And I bellowed and you parked
We reached Marfa.
One honest day up on this freedom pole
Devils not done digging
He’s speaking in tongues all along the pan handle
And this pining erosion is getting dust in
My eyes
And I’m drunk on your morsels
And so I look down the line
Your every twitch hand drum salute
Salutes mine …

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67 Comments

  • Benjamin Goldberg | February 14, 2014 2:07 PMReply

    Kristen, here's a little about what I don't like. I don’t like the fact that I’m about to give you props. I don’t like that I am simultaneously horrified and titillated by the ridiculous, yet strangely endearing title of your poem. I don’t like that I started reading your poem expecting to think it was total garbage, and that by the end of it, I found myself questioning the promise of what I was writing in my early twenties. I don’t like that your poem is, in many ways, comically flawed, but is all the more compelling for it. I don’t like that I didn’t come up with a neologism as goofy and novel as “kismetly,” despite the unlikelihood that I would ever want to do so. I don’t like that as I read your poem, I found myself trying to pry free from the grip of some of your poem’s genuinely striking lines “…I’ll suck the bones pretty,” or “Devil’s not done digging/He’s speaking in tongues all along the pan handle.” I don’t like that your poem’s abundance of problems at the syntactic, semantic, formal, sonic, and imagistic levels (as exemplified by lines like “Something Whilst the crackling stare down sun snuck”), do not, at least for me, entirely undermine its merits or potential. I don’t like that I find myself disagreeing with much of the negative feedback flooding the comments sections of the forums in which your poem is being discussed. I don’t like that I found your poem compelling enough to seek out what people are saying about it. I don’t like, Kristen Stewart, that if you choose to commit yourself to writing poetry, you could probably become pretty good at it within the not-too-distant future. And I especially don’t like–hater that I am–that despite everything I say about your acting, if I were to try to become an actor, you’d still be Wallace Stevens to my Robert Hillyer.

  • Thomas | February 13, 2014 12:34 PMReply

    I wonder if Kristen Stewart wrote this at all. I think some quite experienced poet may be having you on, with her collaboration. Some of it is quite sophisticated, even striking. I might be doing her a big disservice, but this doesn't sound like the Kristen Stewart I've heard in interviews, groping for, like, expletives, like. I don't hear that voice coming up with 'Your every twitch hand drum salute/salutes mine'!

  • vahuast | February 18, 2014 2:57 PM

    Well i disagree, if you really think that, I believe you did not watch any of her interviews. I think she reads, reads a lot, so yes this actually sounds like Kristen. She always has this complex and messy way to trying to express herself with words and thoughts that no one of us understand. Im sure she wrote this, because this 'sophisticated and striking' kind of language its her thing.
    No one of us really understood the meaning of poetry, Kristen got it pretty well and I cheer her for what she did. (Sorry for my english, I speak spanish)

  • Cait | February 12, 2014 5:24 PMReply

    The reliance on adjectives and adverbs, which are the weakest elements in a sentence, makes me cringe. Once you strip away the unnecessary description (show and not tell, people), however, the scaffolding of the poem is decent. She, like any young writer, insists on using an over abundance of modifiers, which succeeds in muddying the figurative language and weakens the language, as a whole. If you find that you have to qualify a noun or a verb with a descriptive word then the chosen word is not strong enough to withstand the meaning or emotion that is being employed. Once she figures out how to control her language and aesthetics without relying on descriptors, her work will be more concise and readability will improve. Part of this process is understanding which words are now considered familiar and overused such as neon.

  • Cyndle | February 15, 2014 2:22 PM

    I completely agree--this was exactly my feeling as I read this poem. There are surprising moments of great insight and unique imagery. I asked myself what I would've graded this poem if one of my students handed it in, and I think it would've gotten a B; I would've suggested she work on grounding some of the abstraction in this poem, decide just what emotion or understanding she wants the reader to be left with at the end of the poem, as it's pointing in multiple (mostly unintelligible) directions, and as you said above, think more about word choice in an effort to need fewer modifiers to get it right.

  • Toni | February 12, 2014 10:44 AMReply

    This reminds me of that gibberish song that Scott Adams' blog readers put together back in 2008. Look up She Amazed Me by Rivo Drei on YouTube. Great stuff.

  • guest | February 12, 2014 8:42 AMReply

    step away from that Thesaurus...further...further..yep, one more step..(though I am pretty sure it's a joke or a bet)

  • ANDREA LAURO | February 12, 2014 3:51 AMReply

    From a 'failed writer/storyteller' who writes long boring technical and legal documents for a living: this is beautiful. I find it better than a lot of Kerouac stuff. Most of us will never achieve our highest dreams but when there are others who trying to get there, it should remind us that only those who take the chance make it.

  • Mary | February 11, 2014 10:24 PMReply

    Immature, unintelligent, pretentious girl who cannot act and now apparently cannot write a good poem. She comes off as a 16 year old who thinks saying stupid things that make no sense is actually very deep and philosophical, and immaturely doing exactly the opposite of what people request you to do, without any purpose or goal, is thought of as rebelling against society or not conforming to its norms. I really hope she sticks to her independent films where she can continue to act in movies where all she does is looks depressed or looks constipated.

  • Andrea Lauro | February 12, 2014 3:18 AM

    You are obviously limited in your understanding of poetry. I have read gems and garbage from Dylan Thomas to Ginsberg to Pintauro. You don't have to understand the poetry to see the beauty of it. I would never understand poems by martyrs or people of faith and yet it takes so little to appreciate that heart it was written from.
    Obviously you just hate her.

  • fluffernugget | February 11, 2014 10:23 PMReply

    I think people that like this are just doing the "I don't understand it therefore it's brilliant" bs. This poem doesn't even make any sense' like not even a little bit.

  • Nya | March 28, 2014 1:04 PM

    EXACTLY. Honestly, it is literally nonsensical. And to the person who replied saying "comprehension is not what defines appreciation": FFS, that makes no sense either. I can say that about anything. Impression does not define interpretation. Naturally, one word does not define another unless they are bleeding synonyms, and even then, there are some differences. Comprehension is, however, a necessary component to appreciation. That is an inarguable fact. But, I can understand why her poem spoke to you. You're both obviously well versed in spouting gibberish.

  • Andrea Lauro | February 12, 2014 3:23 AM

    As an atheist I will never truly understand faith but I still shed a tear for an RS Thomas who was seasonal favorite for me.
    So there!
    Comprehension is not what what defines appreciation!

  • Good luck Kirtsten | February 11, 2014 9:44 PMReply

    Open Letter to Kristen Stewart (re her poem)
    Dear Kristen Stewart,

    I’m a poet and professor at UCLA, and thought you might be interested in what some of my poet friends (most of whom also teach and are otherwise very accomplished) and I have been writing on Facebook about your recent poem published in Marie Claire. This is partly to address the apparently universal opinion by journalists – most of whom seem to not know anything about literature – that this is a terrible poem.

    …

    Another poet here in Los Angeles – he studied linguistics and works at Google – wrote “For someone who never went to high school, I think ‘Your nature perforated the abrasive organ pumps’ shows a pretty promising imagination.” I think what he means is that there is genuinely Surrealist element in the first stanza – “abrasive organ pumps” could have been written by Antonin Artaud – and has some real shock value. This same poet wrote (in response to some negative commentary on the FB feed):

    Not sure why folks are hating on this poem. It’s young, but the more I read it, the more I like it. For someone just starting out, it isn’t overly freighted with expectations of what a poem should do or be. If it’s ‘beat’, it’s more Bolinas or young Bernadette than hortatory elder beat. That first line is weird and inspired. And moonlight strafing the foothills, nicely observational.

    …

    You found your strongest defender in a poet, editor and teacher at a major university in the Midwest. She wrote:

    I actually think this poem is TERRIFIC. I guess there’s something wrong with me. It has a great punchy energy, it’s strange, and I never know where it’s going next. I would put stars all over this poem if it were turned in in my class… Also the language isn’t boring – kismetly and ubiquitously have a nice feel to them. I think this is pretty great.

    …

    I think you were really brave to publish this poem, especially in a magazine in which you can’t merely hide behind their literary credentials to help it pass. Keep going!

    Kismetly yours,
    Brian Kim Stefans (and a bunch of other poets)

  • andrea lauro | February 12, 2014 3:34 AM

    It think this poem by Ms. Stewart is beautiful. It reminds me of the song by Sara Bareilles Once Upon Another Time. I imagine it must have happened in the same sort of journey.
    It makes me feel something, picture a place and reflect on moments similar in my thoughts. It brings me in and makes me flip though my memories and reminds me that life means a little bit more than work. This why it's beautiful.

  • Richard | February 11, 2014 7:53 PMReply

    I can see for the comments that people wit high school degree is here.And for the tone I figure that you are full of hate and envy.Is so good that Kristen don't put attention to that and that she is enjoying life with a good account in the bank.Now go and work hard to pay your bills and stay away from the computer and get a life.

  • Muffy | February 11, 2014 7:24 PMReply

    Great, so KStew's not only a d^ck, she's an idiot. Kismetly? Gobbledygook, more like.

  • ANDREA LAURO | February 12, 2014 3:35 AM

    Yes and 'body electric' is a commonly-used everyday word.....

  • http://www.arras.net/fscIII/?p... … | February 11, 2014 6:31 PMReply

    The Poet society liked it.

  • the poem is good | February 11, 2014 6:30 PMReply

    Read what professors wrote about the poem- they salute her writing!

  • Melanie | February 11, 2014 6:05 PMReply

    I'm a published poet and this isn't THAT bad. While not great, I've definitely read much, much worse.

  • chulesee | February 11, 2014 12:27 PMReply

    When you attach to a story this headline, "Must Read: KS's Embarrassing..." it is clear immediately that the story is nothing but a cheap insult. Sorry not to write more, but I have to go to a bear baiting, or is that a stoning, or maybe I will just write "Kick Me" on a bunch of post-its and stick them to the backs of people I don't know. Where are you, right now, by the way, just asking...

  • Emma-Jane Charlotte Chloe Lauen Pattinson | February 11, 2014 8:15 AMReply

    OMG this poem has completely changed my life. I was in such a dark place and I didn't want to get out of bed in the morning but then I read this poem and it changed my life in more ways than I can begin to fathom because it touched me on a spiritual and emotional level. My soul is rejuvenated like cacti in a desert.  Love Robsten FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     

    Psych! Kristen sort your self out please love you but come on stick to the moody faces. Lot of Love your Number 1 fans from England! So kawaii!

  • BWAhahahah | February 11, 2014 8:42 AM

    hahahahahah

  • Breezy Brad | February 11, 2014 1:05 AMReply

    I CAME IN LIKE A WIFFLE-BALLLLL

  • Mike | February 10, 2014 9:06 PMReply

    But then again, that so called poem is hilarious and with is a freedom pole, lol

  • Mike | February 10, 2014 9:02 PMReply

    Lesson learned for indiewire- don't post anything related to Kristen Stewart or this site will be inundated by hilarious comments from her die hard fans.

  • Anika: Proud 12 Year Old Girl | February 10, 2014 10:23 PM

    Great article. KStew is a joke.

  • Sean | February 10, 2014 6:43 PMReply

    F the haters IndieWire that are commenting & probably trolling. Great article Kevin. A great laugh haha.

    This so called "poetry" is absolutely dreadful, pretentious, & thoroughly embarrassing. Like honestly, WHAT THE F&^% is she saying?!?! lmaooo

    Her & Mr. I'm not famous anymore Shia, need to go hook up & wear bags over their heads, speak in tongues, & "suck each others bones"....
    - 1 sleeps around with a married director (cheating on RPatz only the guy every teen girl wants to be with) smh
    - the other just plagiarizes everybody known to man, & gets into fights & loses haha

    Their both immature children whose arrogance is unbelievable especially given their lack of any talent whatsoever. If only they could JUST GO AWAY & others more deserving be in the spotlight...

  • Pirate Prentice | February 10, 2014 5:40 PMReply

    Look, it sucks, but it's not a damn bit distinguishable from 99% of published poetry.

  • Suzy Hall | February 10, 2014 5:29 PMReply

    Poetry, one more thing she can't do!

  • kevin | February 10, 2014 4:01 PMReply

    Kevin,you forgot to add that SWATH part 2 is not going to happen.This is more important information than some poem:)

  • E | February 10, 2014 3:40 PMReply

    Oh please. one minute she's "shy" the next minute a "fierce badass". She is what she is: a bad actress who's false sense of entitlement and arrogance caused her to ruin her own career by getting caught sleeping with her director. Oh and that poem sucks ass.

  • ANDREA LAURO | February 12, 2014 3:38 AM

    You would of course know because you're published.

  • Guest | February 10, 2014 3:17 PMReply

    Love Kristen Stewart. What a wonderful poem. So full of emotion. Great future and career ahead for Kristen. She's moving forward and not looking back. Only the tabloids and some fans of a certain person that can't move forward.

  • Amber | February 10, 2014 3:12 PMReply

    Embarrassing? Shame on you for picking on a clear attempt at bravery and vulnerability. Not embarrassing in the slightest, this piece is lovely. It's too bad you're perpetuating persecution of a person built upon nothing but judgmental gossip.

  • Eric P. | February 10, 2014 3:04 PMReply

    Wow, I thought I sucked. What the hell did I just read? Pretentious horse shit. At least people seem to like it. Good for her. No more criticism from me.

  • ANDREA LAURO | February 12, 2014 3:41 AM

    It's called free verse bubbleheads.
    It's like saying Dire Straits copied the Stone's guitar sound.
    Hate does reveal ignorance.

  • Terrie | February 11, 2014 7:04 PM

    OMG Eric thank you!! This comment made me laugh LMAO. To some this girl can do no wrong at all. To others she can do no right. She doesn't do much for me either way, I only read this article because I was curious to read some of her writing and seriously I don't get it. I don't see someone who is full of emotions, I see someone who uses a lot of Kerouac inspired words, but has no real grasp of what they actually mean and how to put them together.

  • Sean | February 10, 2014 6:31 PM

    I laughed my ass off at this comment! HAHAHHA

  • colin | February 10, 2014 2:35 PMReply

    it's not bad, you guys are dicks

  • GingerHenny | February 10, 2014 2:21 PMReply

    Not sure why you think it's embarrassing. The poem means something to her and she was kind enough to share it. The article and comments show how intolerant and prejudice the public is. It's not Kristen Stewart's poem thats embarrassing, but people who are small minded and making fun for sake of being a judgmental nitpicker.

  • oogle monster | February 10, 2014 2:18 PMReply

    This comment section is giving me LIFE! Cheers, Playlist.

  • Guest | February 10, 2014 2:16 PMReply

    I think the only thing embarassing here is you Kevin. I like the image of "One honest day up on this freedom pole." It's day spent away from hacks like you.

  • Terrie | February 11, 2014 7:10 PM

    Although I do not really like this poem, I did like that line "One honest day up on this freedom pole", and I also really liked "This pining erosion is getting dust in my eyes". I honestly think if she tried to use less metaphors and just wrote directly from her heart she would be a very good writer. Either way I agree with something else someone on here said, the public can like it or not, but it is something that means something to her, and she was bold enough to share it so that alone should be respected.

  • aris | February 10, 2014 1:52 PMReply

    Lol She's so damn embarrassing. Her whole ''idgaf'' attidue is screams desperation

  • guest | February 10, 2014 1:41 PMReply

    wait, Jennifer Lawrence talks about armpits and burps and the journalist writes as she is gorgeous, inteligent and mature but if kristen stewart writes a poem full of metaphor about life, with phrases that journalists don't understand, she's embarrassing?

  • Nya | March 28, 2014 1:08 PM

    Yes. That is exactly right.

    Although (full of metaphor about life?). I hate the internet for duping people into believing that poetry is all art and no skill. It's a bit of both. Incidentally, Kristen has neither.

  • ANDREA LAURO | February 12, 2014 3:43 AM

    Haha. Well said!

  • 1974 | February 10, 2014 6:45 PM

    Bravo!

  • Tammy | February 10, 2014 1:28 PMReply

    Kevn Jagernauth, I hope you don't have a daughter, or a sister the same age as Kristen because one day, you will realize what a jerk you are when one of your women being treated the same. Karma.

  • 1974 | February 10, 2014 1:11 PMReply

    Hmm, I still don't know if Playlist loves or hates Stewart...

  • Rob | February 10, 2014 1:10 PMReply

    How does you taking a mean and unnecessary jab at Kristen Stewart for trying something different qualify as news? Since when did this site become TMZ?

  • Anne | February 10, 2014 1:09 PMReply

    Wow. Journalism really is dying.

  • Sarah | February 10, 2014 1:09 PMReply

    An obviously very shy person opened up enough to let a personal poem be published and you and Perez Hilton use it to try to bait people to mock her. Good going. Must be a proud moment for Indiewire.

  • guest | February 10, 2014 1:00 PMReply

    is this a gossip site or movies?

  • Mary | February 10, 2014 12:56 PMReply

    I thought this site was written by professional journalists.... disappointed

  • Anne | February 10, 2014 12:54 PMReply

    I thought this was a serious site about movies, not a shit gossip site that hangs around the artists.

  • @anne | February 10, 2014 3:38 PM

    Really?I remember how Anne Thompson was defending kstew so much that she even brought up the list of actresses with whom Pattinson supposedly cheated on poor KS.She didn't knew that list was ''created'' by psycho kristen fan who was sure that bad Pattinson hooked up with all his co-stars including Caitlin Cronenberg.That was a real shit dragging those actresess' names into kstew cheating scandal.

  • daz | February 10, 2014 12:53 PMReply

    This reminds me of Friends' episode when Joey was writing a letter to the adoption agency and he used some computer application to replace every word with "better sounding" word. She did the same thing right?

  • Suzy Hall | February 10, 2014 5:32 PM

    Good jab, Daz!

  • mark | February 10, 2014 12:52 PMReply

    Really speaks to how much smoke this girl has had blown up her ass that she's proud of this.

  • Bea | February 10, 2014 2:07 PM

    Um, the writer of the article asked to see it, and as quoted in this post describes it as "so embarrassing".

  • guest | February 10, 2014 12:52 PMReply

    you're so idiot theplaylist

  • ash | February 10, 2014 12:48 PMReply

    A new poestress is born.

  • Dell | February 10, 2014 12:46 PMReply

    Lol what a piece of sh*t. Another Shia in the making, lol.

  • IAIN | April 5, 2014 6:13 PM

    It's not great, but it's not bad either; in fact, it's better than any of the self-consciously populist, rampantly PC garbage that Bloodaxe have ever printed, and I happen myself to be a serious poet. Anyway, I have a soft spot for Kristen Stewart, so there you go.

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