Memos to Poets: A Tweet a Day
#1 Banned: The metaphorical heart. “Heartburn” is allowed, however. “Heartache” too, only if a coronary is involved.
#2 The moon is always “distant”. It’s not like we are going to forget.
#3 Why not just call them “line-fractures” or “fractured lines” if that’s really what you mean? It’s a line ending, people.
#4 Only one poem about writing poems a year. They are all the same poem written when we have nothing to say.
#5: Epigraphs. From the Bible always use original Hebrew or Greek–it throws off the God-haters, and you get to look smart.
#6: Prose poems: they might be double-agents, be on the alert…
#7: If the poem came from God don’t ask me to edit God.
#8: Whose inept idea was it to ban articles and natural syntax from English language
#9: Metaphors are hams, divas; they hate to share the limelight and too many in a room can be blinding.
#10: A simile in a simile in a simile in a simile is a brilliant parlor trick, yes, but it’s not great for poems.