Tuesday, April 17, 2012

News at Eleven: In a book from which I have learned much,

The Poetry Home Repair Manual, [Ted] Kooser confesses: "I've inadvertently written lots of poems that meant nothing to anybody else, and I've mailed those poems to editors from coast to coast, hoping that they would be published, only to realize when they were rejected that I'd written them just for myself. . . . You choose what to write and how to write it, but if you want to earn an audience for your work, you need to think about the interests, expectations and needs of others, as well as how you present yourself to them."

from The Salt Lake Tribune: Ted Kooser: A kindly uncle of a poet


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