Alessandra Liverani

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- Writing On A Writing Course: : Humour - Poem by Alessandra Liverani

I went on an evening course to get an education
On the best way to write for our younger generation
How do I compose words to take them on a journey of delight
Lead them into a clear, bright day or the deepest, darkest night

First I had to learn all about the direction of my voice
An innocent child or omniscient god, I had to make a choice
Then also pick the person: first, second or third
Would my subject be realistic or in the realm of the absurd

Of course I had to have a story, technically called a plot
Although apparently there are stories where what happens just does not
'Throw in some crisp, clear dialogue', Judith said dramatically
'But go easy on the adverbs', she scolded most emphatically

I needed characters and already had one from the start
The narrator of my story was one who plays an important part
I've met some lovely people who each had a surprising tale to tell
I know we all have inside us a masterpiece that will sell, sell, sell!

(Sydney, Australia - 2010)

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Poem Submitted: Friday, July 9, 2010

Poem Edited: Wednesday, June 1, 2011

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