Martin Lochner

Rookie (28 April 1978 / De Doorns)

Reflections Of A Pulp Poet - Poem by Martin Lochner

Some principles that governs my writing:

1 You are your own greatest source of inspiration and tap from your own life experiences and thinking when you consider a theme.

2 Get out of your attic and hole and hunt down unique and extraordinary life experiences.
Crashing parties and breaking hearts from Aspen to Harlem you may, like Jack Kerouac, write a master piece like “On the road “.

3 A poet’s biography is just as important as his Opus. Imagine Allen Ginsberg wrote Howl while
he prepared sermons for the old Reformed church of some white picket fence suburb in New York.

4 Be yourself at all times and find your own voice in your work and never apologise or attempt to justify your work to anybody.

5 There is no politeness in writing poetry and be brutally honest when you write theme poetry. In the name of Art and for the sake of “Poetic Justice” stop at nothing to get your truth to a willing audience.

6 Telling the truth is a revolutionary act

Writing great poetry is revelatory, revolutionary and surprising to the audience reading your work. Great poetry is also shocking, offending and gritty but at the same time sensitive, beautiful and inspirational.

7 Poetry is empirical and rarely rational. Ever seen how Psychoanalysts fix damaged marriages through rationale? ...oops!

8 Poetry is spiritual and rarely religious. Ever seen Catholic priests going into ecstasy when reading the Psalms...oops!

9 A Picture tells a thousand words

Use strong metaphor and imagery to show your audience rather than telling them. Let your readers discover and experience your piece and this is the delight of Art contemplation.

10 Do not attempt to show everything or implicitly clarify meaning in the parameters of your piece. If they do not grasp your meaning they most probably find their own

11 Earn your free verse:

Study the technique and method of poetry diligently. Attempt to write in form and in different styles considering metre, rhyme, alliteration, enjambment etc before taking up free verse

12 Never allow formalism and methodology to kill your spontaneity to express your art in the most creative and innovative way. Be a maverick that is erudite in the art and craft of poetry but transcends it to challenge its rules. Read E.E Cummings to see such a master in action!

13 Poetry is the most valuable and free conceptual art you will ever enjoy. It detests business plans, profit margins and commercialism but supports local small presses and boutique poetry journals with donations or purchases of a copy. It is still cheaper than your Elle and porn magazines.

14 Poetry is a fringe sub culture that is tightly bonded and in community with each other. It is all an uncoordinated goalless objective to share each other’s creative work. When you post your work and it is reviewed or even deconstructed feel gratitude because there was no obligation to read it in the first place. Also read the work of others and share your unqualified opinion with them. It all about sharing!

15 Read Genius of the crowd by Charles Bukowski and see the danger of sharing your poems in the marketplace.

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, June 5, 2011

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