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S. A. S. Female, 63, United States (7/2/2013 12:15:00 AM)

Quote from Diane Wakoski:

You don't learn to write better until you become dissatisfied with what you're doing.

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  • Freshman - 837 Points Lamont Palmer (7/2/2013 6:57:00 AM) Post reply
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    This pretty much jibes with my theory that poets improve in isolation, largely. Its a private, personal process. That dissatisfaction with your own work doesn't come with some guy screaming at you that your poem is 'awful'. Frankly that critic could be dead wrong. Improvement comes when the poet himself sees his work is lacking; and that happens (almost solely) by reading the work of great poets. Also (and this is something I've enjoyed) reading classic literary criticism and seeing what the great minds of poetry say about standards, trends, and they're ideas of what makes a poem a strong one. -LP

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