Thursday, October 26, 2006

poetic advice

61. if u wrt pms lke ths prepr 2 b rejktd.

poetic advice

6. The lowercase i is passé when used as a personal pronoun.

poetic advice

9. Punctuation is your friend.

poetic advice

17. When submitting poems via email, send work in text-only mode. No one needs to see that cutesy smiley animated GIF signature or your Glamour Shots poses from three years ago. Editors only care about the quality of the work, and everything else is distraction.

poetic advice

59. Obey standard grammatical conventions until you become famous. After that, feel free to make yourself misunderstood.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

poetic advice

19. Speling countz, so profreed cairfulie.

poetic advice

23. Words with Anglo-Saxon roots create an earthy feel and give your poems punch. See #s 1 & 2.

Monday, October 23, 2006

poetic advice

2. Nouns and verbs are your friends.

poetic advice

1. Make it concrete. Poetry is in things, not concepts.

poetic advice

42. Only Douglas Adams could get away with meta-metapoetry. And you're not Douglas Adams.

Friday, October 20, 2006

poetic advice

143. In your cover letter or biographical information, refrain from using the word spiritual in each sentence. Ditto for the words experimental and taffeta.

poetic advice

86. Camel toe is not complimentary. It's just vulgar. So use it sparingly.

poetic advice

113. Just because you stare at the sky while trying to think about something to write does not mean you should write about clouds.

poetic advice

72. Moonstones = cliché

Thursday, October 19, 2006

poetic advice

34. Don't write about your soul using the word soul. Call it a lungfish or something.

Sunday, January 01, 2006


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