100 poems to start this year’s practice.
Work every day, wrote Hemingway, No matter
what has happened the day or night
before. Writing the day, I awaken early,
get up and bite on the nail.
Her first book was a memoir of her life up to that time, titled I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
Past being an April fool today while
writing another poem, counting the seven words
to make a line and breaking thoughts
into five even pieces like the bar
of chocolate that is my end reward.
— Kate Mosse
Calvin & Hobbes: Calvin understands academic writing. He even has the colon in his title.
— Tobias Wolff
William Stafford said, “The hotter the coffee
the more important it is to extend
the handle of the mug” in offering
poem or lesson to a thirsty reader.
This poem is hot. Take this handle.
Write the truest sentence you know.
— T.S. Eliot
— John Cheever
— Billy Collins