Category Archives: Writing Tips

For You, From Here

I cannot do this now. The cat meows in tall grass, Tiny body hungry. Let me sleep on it. Bass moves the brick walls downtown. Meanwhile the pier is full of empty wine glasses, Greasy parchment paper in French fry … Continue reading

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8 of 30. Advice to young writers, I mean waiters

Work like no one’s watching. Like you are dancing toward the lemons. Dance toward the lemons and sing over your customers. Don’t let them hear you. Roll up your sleeves. Try not to spill water on your shirt when opening … Continue reading

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Advice for nervous writers

If you don’t know where to break a poem apart Try talking to a stranger in a bar, or a cafe if that’s more your style. Be charming. Make eye contact. Do not leave with the stranger, that is a … Continue reading

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23 of 31. Robert Creeley

He wrote more than sixty books not just about poetry either– I mean the guy wrote short stories, criticism, poetry, reviews. The Art of Poetry No. 10 Lewis McAdams tried to interview him, but ended up drunk, shoveling his driveway … Continue reading

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10 of 31. Morning Makers

Monday at eight we meet on Delancey to write and pray Billie Holiday sings us dreams morning spreads itself like butter on tree trunk chairs and toasted wood walls This week we’re reading Emerson. That essay about the Poet. Milk … Continue reading

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23 of 30. Awakening in June

I woke up as from a dream body covered in dew nothing but desert around me And I heard the voice of Ginsberg as one crying out in the wilderness and the visions and the dreams they roared around us … Continue reading

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22 of 30. How to Write or Not

I came here to write after going other places to do other things that aren’t writing. ¬†Yesterday on my way to work I had big plans to write a novel. ¬†That’s probably because I was on my way to work … Continue reading

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19 of 30.

When you set out to write 30 poems in 30 days, and someone buys you a ticket to California, go. When it is the 27th day and you are only up to poem 13, write five poems in one sitting. … Continue reading

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17 of 30. More Stuff I’ve Learned

Write in sentences. Use normal punctuation unless you have a good reason for doing otherwise. Probably you don’t. Exceptions prove the rule. Know the rules well enough to be an exception. {How much, how many, how often, how good?} Sometimes … Continue reading

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9 of 30

You will never save the boy who lit his house on fire build yourself a boat when you reach a new island let it go there will always be abundance if you learn how to pray and dance every day … Continue reading

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