Sunday, May 22, 2011

How To (and How Not To) Write Poetry

Advice for blocked writers and aspiring poets
from a Nobel Prize winner’s newspaper column.
Japanese print with three yellow chrysanthemums and two finches on a branch

To Grazyna from Starachowice: “Let’s take the wings off and try writing on foot, shall we?”

To Mr. G. Kr. of Warsaw: “You need a new pen. The one you’re using makes a lot of mistakes. It must be foreign.”

To Puszka from Radom: “Even boredom should be described with gusto. How many things are happening on a day when nothing happens?”

To Kali of Lodz: “‘Why’ is the most important word in this planet’s language, and probably in that of other galaxies as well.” 

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