love story

By | 1 February 2015

these preliminaries & wrap-ups are superfluous
if anything sounds like repetition
as a rule of thumb or in the first instance
you need to ‘pick out the eyes’ of the poem
& remember to reduce the apparatus as notes
should be restricted as sources, meaning that,
you need to express a concept
especially the first time you introduce it:
restrict long, complex, convoluted sentences (no poem should contain
more than x ideas) use concrete nouns – don’t say similar
nouns were made by ashbery – & plain natural impersonal unpretentious

imagine talking to an intelligent friend at a kitchen table in a pub

curious friendly straightforward voices;
unlearn the instillation of unfortunate writing
habits & recommend you give the title
serious consideration as a widely available place to start.

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