97. Make sure your occasional poem has an expiration date.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
81. I before E except after C unless you write flarf, in which case, knock yourself out.
37. Never edit a literary journal if you expect to find time to write.
11. Ignore anything an editor says that doesn't directly improve the work itself. See #5.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
- Anything about the state of your or someone else's soul, spirit, etc.
- Sex poems that are only about sex or the lack thereof.
- Poems about sex with your or someone else's soul, spirit, etc.
- Homages to a girlfriend/boyfriend/significant other.
- Homages to a dead rock star.
- Poems about having sex with a dead rock star.
- Poems that are merely prose with line breaks.
- Poems about how living with your mother drives you crazy.
- Poems about having sex with Satan.
- Poems about your mother having sex with Satan.
- Anything reliant on adjectives.
- Anything centered.
- Lists of clichéd rhetorical questions about love.
- Poems not written/translated in English (sorry, that's my native tongue).
- Poems which peak way too soon.
- Poems which are too obvious.
- Poems which are only about the act of writing (way too meta)
- Poems about shampoo. Not that I have anything against shampoo, but all that rising and repeating . . .
- Anything marked "©" or "Copyright 200x". Like our culture truly values poetry.
- Anything attempting to be "cute" in a Hello Kitty way.
- Hentai poetry. No foolin'.