I began writing poems in my 6th grade class, when I was in love with my teacher, and discovered that appearing not to pay attention would land me in detention with her after school. However, my muse has been fickle: she stays for one year, then stays away for two.
Writing poetry seems to be like any other art, if you want to get better at it:
1) learn the discipline of the art;
2) study the masters;
3) read contemporaries;
4) experience life;
5) find ways to tap into your unconscious;
6) respect yourself and others;
7) compose works;
8) NEVER, NEVER, NEVER believe that EVERY poem you write is good, let alone ... more »
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Book Of Leaves
It was an autumn project every year
when I was still too young to wonder why
I could not understand the reason for
collecting leaves to paste them in a book.
We took a long drive to a country place
where a book of leaves began when you were young.
The desperate colors, amazingly profuse,
graced the ground and limbs where leaves clung.
The air above the branches was ablaze
in daylight. The leafy gloom below was deep.
Callow judgments underneath the trees
would yield the leaves I felt I had to keep.
Before we had arrived, the wind had blown