Being a Poet

I found the following in a response written by writer/editor Jennifer Bosveld of Pudding House Publications and felt that it called back to what we’re trying to do . . .

“Poet is my title and the following is my job description:
Spend 100% of my time observing the relationships between all things living and seemingly not,regardless of what else I am doing.

Capture in mid-air those flashes of perception unlike anything I’ve heard out of the mouths or pens of others and get it down before it’s gone.

Go TOO FAR in my assertions that one thing is another and extend those metaphors logically but not traditionally.

Re-color re-measure re-assess re-name re-do the world in language chunks made of words that have never danced together before.

Brave the wild ride of vocabulary that might only speak to a few but those few could build a church or a university on those notions.

Relish being strange, weird. Celebrate wrong answers; sometimes wrong answers reflect the most creative thinking.

Write about everything and all the time but don’t expect anything to be any good just go WOW when it is and then revise.

Revise again. One more time. Several more times. Learn to love revision.”

When asked what her definition of poetry was, she responded “A relatively little space of word art.”

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