Bill Grace

Avoiding 'you'

At the poetry seminar
the greatly honored poet
told us to avoid the word
as it makes the reader defensive.

Years later
it finally occurred to me
there is a 'you'
in Rudyard Kipling's
long loved 'If.'

So much for spending money
on learning things
you already knew
to be untrue
even if coming from a celebrated poet
with credentials.

Do I smell
the stench of money
coming through poetry's door ?

Topic(s) of this poem: criticism, money, poetry

Poem Submitted: Monday, July 17, 2017

Form: Blank Verse

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No names to protect the guilty and accomplice institution.

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Comments about Avoiding 'you' by Bill Grace

  • Helen OsbourneHelen Osbourne (7/17/2017 2:54:00 PM)

    Brilliant; it's the way of the world; more's the pity.

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