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How to be a good poet

Posted by Peter Kenneally on July 22, 2009


And I always thought: the very simplest words
Must be enough. When I say what things are like
Everyone’s hearts must be torn to shreds.
That you’ll go down if you don’t stand up for yourself—
Surely you see that.

Brecht says, and that’s all you need to know:

and as he also says, and as we may all take note of here:

Everything Changes

Everything changes. You can make
A fresh start with your latest breath.
But what has happened has happened. And the water
You once poured into the wine cannot be
Drained off again.

What has happened has happened. The water
You once poured into the wine cannot be
Drained off again, but
Everything changes. You can make
A fresh start with your latest breath.



8 Responses to “How to be a good poet”

  1. The Force of Water is Patient.
    The Streams, in their movement, cut and shape the Valleys.
    The Flow blunts the edges to smooth curves and carries away the Leavings.
    The Streams combine with each other, but they do not compete with each other.
    The Water continues over or around each obstacle with the invisible force of

    The Streams still are still Lords of the Valleys they come from, regardless of
    the River they flow into.

    The Streams and Rivers are the Lords of Ten Thousand Valleys because they seek
    the lower ground.

    What appears softest in the world rushes and runs over what appears hardest,
    shaping it by its persistent Flow.

    The Flow turns left and right – all things depending on it, all things living
    in it, all things accepted by it, and all things passed over by it.


  2. dorian said

    how could i have missed this post? this is nice, betty! may i add yours to the author poems i’ll be archiving on a page here? i’m gathering them all up. since you’re the only bonafide/published/awarded poet here, i thought i’d ask first.


  3. Better not, Dorian:those poems are by Brecht……..


  4. dorian said

    ah! i saw the brecht but i wasn’t sure. glad i asked. i guess i can’t ask brecht now, can i? not inclined to archive ‘poems’ that are mostly written by me. i’ll just leave them where they are tucked away with the comments.


  5. Princessxxx said

    let’s have a poetry slam.
    let’s slam september,
    while we wait for october
    then the pagans celebrate
    princess slutty birth
    and the great great halloween.

    it’s an easy breezy cover girl afternoon.
    oh and betty’s birthday, too.


  6. Princessxxx said

    a think that is an A+ 60 second poem.


  7. obama the antichrist said

    hold on let me think
    these poems really do stink
    the 60 seconds is on the brink
    oh no this poem will sink
    i cant do this i am outta ink
    wow the 60 seconds are over in a blink

    HA 60 seconds and thats all i got! wow i suck


  8. dorian said

    yay! two more good entries for the adkob Poems? page! okay, i’ll load them up!

    princess, ota, you’re rappin’!


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