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Alan Edward Roberts



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 11:03 am    Post subject: How To Be a Poet Reply with quote

How To Be a Poet

(Thoughts in response to a poem by Wendell Berry)

1. Get up in the morning
2. Be affirmative
3. Do not try to be affirmative
4. Put pencil to paper
5. Draw as well as "write"
6. Practice calligraphy
7. Love
8. Take nourishment
9. Give nourishment
10. Be particular in a universal way
11. Re-mind my self
12. Map out the territory
13. Begin the song in words, in action, in "choir"
14. Inquire
15. In a poem - you cannot be wrong
16. You are not wrong
17. Let the flow flow
18. Whatever makes you smile ... let it work ... let it do its work
19. Never think
20. Try reversing any rule

Here is a link to the original poem ...
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poem/30299

And biographical notes on Wendell Berry ...
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/wendell-berry

ps: The Poetry Foundation is a good online resource for poets and lovers of poetry
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