How To Write A Poem: A Poem

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First, clear the area of critics.
Next, grab an image or a supple
length of language and get going.
It’s all you now. Mumble, sing,
murmur, rage, rumble, mock,
quote, mimic, denounce, tell,
tease. Recall, refuse, regret,
reject. Dive, if you dare, into
psychic murk. Down there grab
the slick tail of something quick.
Hold it if you can. Meanwhile,
bellow, bellyache,
cry, or call, for all I care. I care.
Invent like the conning, conniving
poet you are, you lying spitter
of literature, you. Make it for
yourself and fit it to you. You
might as well. Readers, editors,
teachers, preachers, and publishers
aren’t your friends. Other poets
are busy with their own poems
and other problems. Famous poets
are off being remarkable geniuses,
eccentric visionaries, sunken wrecks,
dead, dead-drunk, or pains in the ass.
Say what you see, see what you say,
write it for love and for free. Own what
you write and give it away. Language
will always love you back, so lay
a wet kiss on the words, and when and if
in doubt, remember: what you want
to be is to be writing.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Robert Murray Smith 29 January 2021
The recipe?
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Chinedu Dike 26 February 2017
That's it, 'Say what you see, see what you say...' An insightful portrayal of the essence and intricacies of creation of poetry, well articulated and nicely penned with conviction. Thanks for saying.
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Prayad Brian Pantasri 14 February 2017
Indeed, the poem has been completely described how to write a poem amazingly. Thank you for sharing.
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Rajnish Manga 09 March 2015
Wow.... the entire process of writing a poem has been deconstructed in this poem. Even the beginner can start minting his poems without a pause. Fun part aside, the poem prompts us to do some serious rethinking before embarking on our mission. Thanks.
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Sonya Florentino 18 May 2009
ahah, so that's what it takes!
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Susan Jarvis 11 May 2009
Utter linguistic seduction; 'you lying spitter of literature' (fantastic!) - a truly admirable poem! S :)
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Michael Pruchnicki 11 May 2009
But of course, Professor, I am not overcome!
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Paul Hansford 11 May 2009
I am totally overcome with admiration. The only thing is, I wish I'd said it! It's what we all need to hear.
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Beautiful, funny and didactic.
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Janell Cressman 11 May 2009
Brilliant! ! ! ! ! absolutely amazing, just what i needed to hear amazing poem! ! !
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