How to be an instant poet

Want to be an instant poet?
Get rid of the nouns and use only impersonal verbs, modified by “it”.
“Upward behind the onstreaming it mooned”
not “the moon rose above the river”.

The world for them is not a concourse of objects in space. It is a heterogenous series of independent acts.

It is successive and temporal, not spatial.

found in my notes, may 30, 2001

how-to-be-a-poetIt was something I figured out one day, trying to figure out what made stand out poetry so stand out… what was it missing? and then I saw what it was


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