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UNSOLICITED ADVICE FOR POETS & WRITERS





Oh, you're not happy being a poet or writer?


Ain't gettin' any spiritual recognition?


Well, maybe it's time to write more shit
& pay some more dues,
mutherfucker,
what made you think it would be so easy
& automatic-like
just because you felt wrenched in your soul
when you wrote your thoughts & feelings
down on paper?


Did you really think
your poems would sell like hotcakes
at the five & dime?
& everybody would love & trust you
& understand the deepest you?


It's time to write more shit,
really terrible shit,
& if you should find a small flower
growing there
you should feed it & nourish it,
let it take food from your mouth,
let it pick your pocket,
stab you in the back,
& leave you with just your bones
like a picked-over lover.


You need to make friends with self-doubt
& stop worrying about your copyright.
Nobody's going to steal your crappy poems -
not even your good ones.


Take a deep breath
& hold it in.


Hang on for the ride
because it isn't free.


It will cost you everything
which to me
seems like a pretty fair deal.


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The following comments are for "UNSOLICITED ADVICE FOR POETS & WRITERS"
by gomarsoap

God How I Hate...
The naked truth when it slaps me in the face like this, it is damn hard to turn the other cheek so I won't, (never really ever did that anyway...) so I guess I will just keep writin' and posting, and dreaming, and living in my make believe world where all the others in my head agree to just pay no attention to the curtain and the man behind it...

But as you imply here, sometimes ya just gotta do, what ya gotta do... and screw everything else...

( Posted by: daprdan [Member] On: April 30, 2007 )

The Journey to Author-hood
Being an author/poet has definitely been a journey. Even though I have always liked to write, I didn't truly realize and develop my own talent until I was sixteen years old, and two years later I know that writing has changed me and that I have learned more about writing with every consecutive piece I write.

-ArsPoet2789ica

( Posted by: ArsPoet2789ica [Member] On: April 30, 2007 )

Flower in the...
is that what it is? shittin' blossom, a cow patty for the soul...I'm in ....!

Rave

( Posted by: ravenblack [Member] On: May 1, 2007 )

re: UNSOL. ADVICE
Thanks all for the kind comments and sharing your own thoughts on writing.

Although I wanted to convey a message, or my own addled thoughts, I also intended it to be a little bit humorous. Hope that came through.

And I hope you all keep writing right down to the finish line.

( Posted by: gomarsoap [Member] On: May 1, 2007 )

re: G-man & cowpatty...
was a bit humorous...love those Shrooms,...inspirational!

Rave

( Posted by: ravenblack [Member] On: May 2, 2007 )

well, I laughed
but then, I laugh at most things, and then it's usually a hysterical reaction ;)

and I agree, too, about those small poetic flowers growing in the manure of mediocrity... me, I remain unpublished and unpublishable, but I still reckon it's worth it. enjoyed.

( Posted by: AuldMiseryGuts [Member] On: May 2, 2007 )

Guts/Pen
Thanks for reading & commenting.

Pen - I know you wouldn't have written it this way. There's a term I've seen floating around for quite some time - "the New Formalists." Some people love it while others are horrified and think it is setting poetry back. Of course, I think a good poem is a good poem, no matter the style. Thought you might find that that term interesting.

Shannon - You certainly are publishable, in fact, it's difficult to believe you haven't been published. Your writing is so much better than some of the lame stuff I've read in print.

Do you send your stuff out? Some writers (and I am one) simply write and have an aversion to submitting their work anywhere. If you've been trying without any luck in your area, you should try some publications in the U.S. If you've also done this, then there are some editors who are simply nuts.

( Posted by: gomarsoap [Member] On: May 15, 2007 )

A kick in the butt!
Best piece I've read here in years...other than Shannon's and a few other's mandatory gems.
Altho I've never expected the usual pap and drivel from you that permeates most of these "poetic" sites,(especially my own pathetic verses)this piece should be the mantra of every would be writer who has dreams of being published!

Thank you for this kick in the butt. This is what I was taught years ago in Drama School as an aspiring performer...without this philosopy...the arts would expire! Kudos!

Bea

( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: May 15, 2007 )

Great!
Truly great poem, Bob, and I use the word 'great' carefully - particularly like:

'You need to make friends with self-doubt...'

&

'Hang on for the ride
because it isn't free.


It will cost you everything
which to me
seems like a pretty fair deal.'


A masterpiece in meaning and (utterly yours) voice.

Pen's comment about motive reminds me of lines from my "Notes on Turning 51":

'I write so I only have to feel it once, clean
I write to find a way to be free'

It's a relief to have outgrown your own ego.

And to hear from you again.


john

( Posted by: johnlibertus [Member] On: May 19, 2007 )

Plagiarists & Self-Pitying Entightment Centered Poet Heads!
It's funny that Wanda gave you a 7 rating in the box, I guess she was feeling guilty?

I mean considering she was a major PLAGIARIST! Ah, I love hypocrisy, runs rampant these days and in some of the most unlikely, most innocent seeming places too...

I have had poems stolen, like Desvelado. It does happen, copyright or not, it is the principle. It is like being raped!

Good rant of a poem! Thanks for posting this.

( Posted by: TheRealKarmaTseringLhamo [Member] On: August 28, 2007 )

.
quote clarification: I have had poems stolen, JUST like Desvelado has had poems stolen.

( Posted by: TheRealKarmaTseringLhamo [Member] On: August 28, 2007 )

Poet's Curse
I never commented on this 3 years ago although Gomardoap is on my favorite poets list. It was pointed out by our site owner that genuine critique of poetry seems to be on the decline which I feel also is a shame.

I personally am starting to edit all my poetry published in my 'Ramblings' and am horified by some of the 'mistakes' I need to correct and also the 'tweeks' I now see that can improve some of my work. It is the constant interchange and feedback that alters ones perspective and I hope polishes one's skills.

I am keen to get this 'edit' done so I can republish together with other other later work so you can see that even after years how grateful I am for feedback.

Interestingly i have one critic who fights me all the way on this and is insistant that the original work, together with all its wart should never be altered and I am commiting a sin doing this!

In short I have commented on this poetry of Gomarsoaps because i feel it gives the inspiration and perspiration needed to enjoy this curse!

Have fun,

Ivor

( Posted by: ivordavies [Member] On: October 21, 2010 )





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