Mike Finley

Rookie (July 4,1950 / Flint, Michigan)

Comments about Mike Finley

  • Rookie Goldy Locks (6/25/2006 8:23:00 PM)

    Finley, where have you bin?

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  • Rookie THE LAST REMNANT OF SANITY BIDS YOU ADIEU (5/20/2006 12:07:00 PM)

    You are a breath of fresh air, Mike, a welcome addition to our little dysfunctional family. From the poetry of yours that I have read, I am quite impressed with you as a word artist. Your sense of humor and devil-may-care attitude about critics or self-proclaimed experts is fun to play with. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

  • Rookie Michael Shepherd (5/20/2006 6:38:00 AM)

    Mike, I tried to find words to express what your poems mean to me...

  • Rookie ***** ********* (5/20/2006 4:48:00 AM)

    You have shamed me Mike! You have made me laugh, you have made me think more than twice. You have chastised me for many a vice, but you have also always been nice. I have been slight in my comments of your work, because there are so many of my subjects to spead myself amongst, but you are a poet of fine imagery and insight, stretching back through a long and successful career. You are a fair and fine man and an inspiration to all who read you. Is that ok? lol Grinning at you, Tai

Be A Better Poet

1. Stop talking and listen. Listen to yourself listening. Then listen to that.

2. Pile all your hats in the back yard and burn them. Especially any with feathers.

3. Remove your name from everything you do. Anonymity purifies. Fame corrodes.

4. Drive out your own sound by inviting in others.

5. Stop breaking sentences into lines. Instead, breathe. The breaks find themselves.

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