(3/7/2006 12:55:00 PM)
hmm this helps/helpd but btwwats a politzer or wateva lol?
(3/7/2006 11:24:00 AM)
When I was 19 I asked a famous poet in a doorway what I could do to become a better poet.
He said, 'Step aside, please.'
Now I am the old one and I get to say the Annoying Guru things:
1) Have something to say. Maybe not at the onset, but eventually.
2) Have someone in mind you are writing to. Someone specific - even if they don't like poetry. Then your work will sound like it is targeted.
3) Be leery of certainty. No one likes a know it all.
4) Avoid generalities. 'All generalizations are false! ' (Joke) Speak to the specific.
5) Poems are made of images, not words.
6) Try to enjoy it.
7) If you are writing something to get back at someone, go find them, tell them what you think in prose - then write the poem, if you still feel the need.
8) Cultivate readers. If someone likes something, thank them for liking it. Make clear that they are doing you the favor, not the other way around.
Do all this and you will win a Pulitzer by age 16.