Is This Loud, YouTube-Loving Poet the Bard of the Internet?

Steve Roggenbuck is a product of his times. And I think that's a good thing.

Gawker's Adrian Chen calls attention to Steve Roggenbuck, a young poet who primarily works through the poetic form of the YouTube Soliloquy. Skeptical, I began to watch Roggenbuck's most popular video, "make something beautiful before you die." I thought to myself: could this be the world's most annoying man? 

But then, kind of magically, I found myself going with him, his ribald sensibility, his shouting, his joie de vivre. The kid is hilarious. And next thing I knew, I found myself making up Roggenbuckian sentences and IMing them to my friends:

I WANT TO EAT A HAM SANDWICH WHILE I RUN THROUGH A WHEAT FIELD GRASPING AT THE STALKS. I WANT TO CLIMB A MOUNTAIN OF MATTRESSES AND DRAW A SMILEY FACE WITH RED LIPSTICK ON MY FOREHEAD! LOOK AT THE MOON!

If this is a parody, it's a joyful one.

But seriously, watch the video. I bet you can't stop yourself from shouting something. 

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