REPLY TO THE QUESTION: "HOW CAN YOU BECOME A POET?"



take the leaf of a tree
trace its exact shape
the outside edges
and inner lines

memorize the way it is fastened to the twig
(and how the twig arches from the branch)
how it springs forth in April
how it is panoplied in July

by late August
crumple it in your hand
so that you smell its end-of-summer sadness

chew its woody stem

listen to its autumn rattle

watch it as it atomizes in the November air

then in winter
when there is no leaf left


invent one


Eve Merriam
"Poetry emerges out of the mystery and secrecy of being,'' and
''It is the occult and passionate grammar of a life.''
~ Stanley Kunitz
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The Silence/Warning
Permanently
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Your Poem, Man...
How to Be a Poet
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Ars Poetica
Several Things
The Poet
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How to Eat a Poem
Why I am a Poet
The New Poetry Handbook
A Loaf of Poetry
For Poets
Poet, Trying to Surprise God
Why I am Not a Painter
Apple that Astonished
Eating Poetry
A New Poet
How Can You Become Poet
Selecting a Reader
The Joy of Writing
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Why do Poets Write?
Glass
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Home Fire
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A Considerable Speck
The Best Cigarette
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