Poetry On Odyssey: An Open Letter To A Friend Regarding Personal Dissatisfaction With His Poetry
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Poetry On Odyssey: An Open Letter To A Friend Regarding Personal Dissatisfaction With His Poetry

Less of a poem and more like just practical advice about writing. And also an ode to moms and supportive friends.

Poetry On Odyssey: An Open Letter To A Friend Regarding Personal Dissatisfaction With His Poetry

You seem dissatisfied
and that’s because you haven't written enough.
You haven’t paid your dues

Find a worthwhile subject
Write 50 bad poems about it

Try to write a good one in that first 50
I dare ya
Write 50 more bad poems
Write an okay poem
This is your clay

Edit it into a good poem
Criticize your subject
Scrutinize your heart song
Find the rhyme and the rhythm
or the lack thereof
Find the cadence to your melody
that forces other people to hear it

Rewrite and edit your poem once more
Show it to your mom
Show it to your friend’s mom
Moms are a kind, generous folk
You’ll need their warmth for what’s to come

Show it to your fiercely loyal friend
Show it to your fiercely honest friend
The former will make you feel good about yourself
The latter will hurt your feelings,
but don’t let it weaken your resolve

In fact,
appreciate his authenticity
Nobody says what they really think anymore
if ever they did.
He’s invaluable to you
Keep what’s noted in mind,
but never take it to heart

Erase this
Keep that
Change your punctuation
Keep your head on straight

And if they still say you’re shit,
write just to spite them

This is but 1 of 50,000

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