The How to Be a Poet Exercise
In poem form write “rules” for yourself. Remind yourself how to be a poet. Leave in the quirky humor.
don't try to be too clever. Cleverness is not wisdom.
read your poems aloud in order to hear
what your words are really saying,
don't overstate the obvious -
don't drape blue jeans poems in rhinestones.
force a rhyme at the expense of rhythm,
sit your words on horseback
and teach them to post before they