August 22, 2007

How to Write Poems # 49

Rip a page from a defective
dictionary, or a dull novel. Cross
out the words you don't need,
like unnecessary or egregious;
words you don't like, such as
homeland or atrocity; words you
don't want, like heart or knife.
You may be left with nothing
but articles or pronouns,
those monosyllabic grunts
indicative of something
like passion, or pain.

—F. J. Bergmann

Posted by dwaber at August 22, 2007 05:26 PM