Paul Hansford Poems
*how To Critique A Poem
If you read somebody’s poem and it makes you want to say,
“I think this piece is wonderful; it really made my day, ”
just go ahead and say it – feedback like this is good,
but saying WHY you like it will please them (well, it should) .
If somebody you don’t know says, “Please comment on my writing, ”
and you look at it, and find it … let’s say, rather unexciting,
then don’t forget – be tactful, find something good to say
before you start on finding fault – don’t ruin someone’s day.
And if you think it’s terrible, be careful how you speak.
Some people ...
The Science Of Parting
On a line from Mandelstam - 'I have learned the science of parting'
There was so much we never did together,
places to go and visit hand in hand,
so much we could have learned about each other,
so many things to say before goodbye.
Nobody ever knew how much I suffered;
but by applying all the skills I'd learned