Theresa Haffner

Rookie - 81 Points (August 25,1945 / Plainwell, Michigan)

Theresa Haffner Poems

81. The Journey 4/14/2007
82. Lucifer 3/31/2007
83. Philosophical Attitude 3/3/2015
84. Light And Shadow 11/29/2009
85. Open Reading 4/10/2007
86. Allen Ginsberg Called Me Long Distance From New York 9/16/2007
87. A New Place To Live 3/23/2007
88. Oneness 7/5/2007
89. Dark Side Of Town 4/11/2007
90. Seven Hells Have I 9/12/2007
91. The Meaning Of Love 7/5/2013
92. So You Want To Be A Poet? 3/31/2007

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Best Poem of Theresa Haffner

So You Want To Be A Poet?

(for Suzanne Lummis)

So you want to be a poet?
Not, I guess, if all you want is to write something
sugary for your boyfriend
and say, "Oh, these are my innermost feelings, "
Certainly not if you want to make money,
because almost anything you could write that isn't poetry
would make more money
if you want to be taken seriously
it takes a lifetime of preparation and hard work
just to get something published
in some obscure literary magazine
that nobody ever heard of and nobody reads

So you want to be a poet?
Most people ...

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'Who listens to classical music, anyway? '
-Bill Bored, 'Urban Contemporary.'

structural dawn, vacant skies
meaningless streets, desolate sidewalks
deserted now in this hour after sunrise
get used to the directionlessness
(drifting aimlessly like a boat with
broken rudder)

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