by Stuart Miles
I’ve loved ABC books and A-Z lists for quite a while. As a teacher I’ve used the A-Z idea for brainstorming new topics, for studying, and for writing. This post is one in a series on writing, with the subtopic of poetry.
“Find and befriend readers whose critical judgment you trust, and then cajole, beg, and bribe them to read and comment on your work.” – James W. Fuerst, author of Huge.
The most important point to remember here is to find someone you can trust to give you critical judgment. You don’t need someone to puff you up with compliments; you need someone who will give it to you straight – the good and the bad- so you can improve if needed. Secondly, these need to be READERS, not just your husband who loves you or your friend who goes to movies but never actually reads anything.
For a goofy poetry break, here’s a tidbit in memory of Williams Carlos Williams.
Forgive Me (not)
She had our Barbies in her hands
held dangerously above her pool
mine accidently went in the water
She said “Sorry”
I knew she said “not”
That other time we fought
I bit her
because she ripped my dress
I had to go next door to say “sorry”
but I wasn’t
All the while she sat smug in her little chair
in her pink bedroom
in front of her TV
Who has a TV in her bedroom
Who calls their child Star?
We called her Baby Huey
behind her back