Bio Note: In these lazy days of summer I seem to have an unusual number of decisions to make about my poetry manuscripts, or maybe it's just that the isolation of COVID days increases tendency to be obsessive. The good news is that I'm writing a lot and having fun with it — and finding energy to poke at the darkness descending.
Thirty Things a Poet Should Know
you will pay for your coffee no hat is right for every occasion and wearing black does not promise recognition when you hear a bird call, give it a name cows kill more people each year than sharks do few can name the sixty-some English names for pink death does not rhyme with health, but wealth rhymes with stealth many writers composed their best work during pandemics when you read a poem, your audience may think bear foot when you say barefoot one of the greatest poets wrote an ode to salt the world’s largest salt mine is 1,800 feet under Lake Huron tears evaporate unless you have a tear catcher when praise is needed, do not hesitate embrace yourself as both title and footnote learn from the wind’s scansion of a noble fir in a squall when you begin to measure life in stanzas, massage your connective tissues pronouns take shortcuts like rivers the muse rides her own stream, flows away until you build a raft imagining zebras or Kanthaka when you read horse is acceptable hoard your matches for when the way is dark tender your sorrows for every poet buried under cathedral stones, many languish in pauper’s fields memorize one line that an ancient said insure does not mean ensure once there were more trees on earth than stars in the Milky Way when using a typewriter two spaces were advised after a period rules change the U. S. Constitution was printed on hemp read your way to writing what you are looking for is not lost the moon is there, somewhere
©2020 Tricia Knoll
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