Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Poetry Project

Anyone who takes writing seriously will tell you that if you want to write, you must read. You cannot settle for mediocrity, unless you wish to write as such. Read what you want to write. To write well, you must read well.

And so, I've decided to really be serious. I want to write poetry. I want to be a poet. So, I'm reading poetry. I have dozens of books of works by individual poets, but I need a broader base than that to get back in the game. I am rusty, out of practice, out of familiarity. So, I've turned to my good friend Norton. The Norton Anthology of Poetry. It gives me a good sampling of styles, poets, ideas, etcetera. I want to read it through, cover to cover. I may not make a poem a day, or even reading anything every day, but that's my goal. A little something every day. Read a little something, and then write a little something. In and out, flexing those muscles again, keeping their atrophy at bay.

Ten thousand hours begins now.


  1. That's sounds like what Hemingway determines in his A Movable Feast. He said he never quit working unless he'd accomplished something, and only if he also knew where he would begin the next day.

    On a side note, I love reading your blog. You've inspired me to write as much as I can when I get out. Keep up the good work.

    - Drew