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Friday, November 15, 2019

How to publish a Book of Poems about Despair

illustration from "The Triumph of Death"
Half the poets I know are depressed.  Jason Morphew writes this for you:
How to publish a Book of Poems about Despair.

The secret seems to be in two things:
1. Even if you're in despair, you can't ignore narrative. Story is everything.
2. Forget Shakespeare: Petrarch rules.

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The poet doesn't invent. He listens. ~Jean Cocteau