Delicious Advice for Aspiring Poets

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  1. Lisa Zimmerman
    Lisa Zimmerman March 5, 2017 at 10:05 pm .

    Wonderful. Thanks for the link.

  2. C.M. Mayo
    C.M. Mayo March 5, 2017 at 2:12 pm .

    Loved this quote in particular: “To T.W., Krakow: “In school no time is spent, alas, on the aesthetic analysis of literary works. Central themes are stressed along with their historical context. Such knowledge is of course crucial, but it will not suffice for anyone wishing to become a good, independent reader, let alone for someone with creative ambitions. Our young correspondents are often shocked that their poem about rebuilding postwar Warsaw or the tragedy of Vietnam might not be good. They’re convinced that honorable intentions preempt form. But if you want to become a decent cobbler, it’s not enough to enthuse over human feet. You have to know your leather, your tools, pick the right pattern, and so forth. . . . It holds true for artistic creation too.”

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