Collected Wisdom

*I combined quotes from famous authors about how to write from an article in Brainpickings for the prompt to write a “how-to” poem. I noticed while forming the poem that some advice could almost be asides. This poem can be read as one or as two. I don’t know how to make columns here, but text outside parentheses could be one poem and within parentheses could be another to make two poems

Sense your
own nature
(be physically still
like sleeping)
unlock from
the humdrum
(a little delusional
thinking goes
a long way)
feel your way
toward something
(under your
skull’s trapdoor)
search for
unmerited grace
(break your heart
your back
your brain)
be willing
to be
(like a child)
then it is
handed to you
(the elegant world)

Popova, Maria. “Famous, Advice on Writing: the Collected Wisdom of Great Writers. Brainpickings. 19 April 2016.

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