Tuesday, June 10, 2014


Many of us, when we start writing, may think every poem is precious. And every poem is, in that each of them brings us to the next poem. Yet, looking back, I see that the first 200, the first 500 poems were simply preparation. You have to do them, but you should throw them away; they are only good to get you to your real work. As unimaginably painful as it is to put aside those first poems, we won't find our good poems until we get past the carcasses of all the bad ones.

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