Quit! Give Up! (JK!)

June 30, 2011

This post is just an excuse to get someone else out there to read poet Eileen Myles’ essay about a Poet’s Strike.  Go on some kind of creative strike. Limit yourself from ways you usually express yourself and see if this “creativity” you’ve stifled shows up in different or surprising places.


How would you explain what a poem is to my seven year old? –herecomeseverybody

I’d really have to meet your seven year old, I think, before I could say! But in the abstract, I guess I’d say a poem is a bunch of words, usually on a piece of paper, though sometimes not, arranged in such a way that when you hear it or read it or say it, something happens to you, even if it’s not something you can explain right away.

-Maggie Nelson

Assignment: Explain poetry to someone new to language.