--David (Buddha 309) Hargarten, April 9, 2009.
As a general rule, poets are fringe dwellers. Poets have opinions, Poets have a skewed view of the universe. Non-poets (also generally) see poets as shiftless lazy daydreamers who accomplish nothing but navel gazing or they hold poets in awe for being able to explain life, love, truth, or other Platonic Forms. Neither of those perceptions are true.
Poets are cynical, jaded, acerbic, opinionated, annoying, less than punctual, or more than punctual. We don't understand, Life, Love, Truth, Beauty, or any of the other Platonic Forms. That's why we keep writing about them.
The one thing that connects every poet in the universe is that they are WEIRD.
WEIRD in the same way that snowflakes are different, Weird in the way that individual cats have separate idiosyncrasies. WEIRD in the way dogs attack invisible things and couches.
Poets come in varieties
free verse poets
and poets that want to burn grammar
BUT THEY ARE ALL FUCKIN' WEIRD
Are you a poet?
Are you haunted by words?
have you ever caught yourself free forming on public transportation
When I talk about the Weirdo Nation, I could be talking about you.
I would like to say a million more things about poetic misconceptions, but I will limit my comments to the basics.
centering the text
does not make things
rhyming is not always a good thing
"finding your voice" sounds lame, but is absolutely necessary
listen to all feedback, even if it is negative.
experience and practice is the only way to write better poetry
There are some people who will never "GET" what you write
WEIRD IS SEXY
YOU SHOULD CHECK US OUT