Found poetry: Advice to a writer

The other book I purchased from the gift shop at the Mark Twain House was also written by a New England author who had taken part in one of the wonderful writing workshops the museum sponsors. I’m working my way through the book very slowly, saving it for those days when I sit down to work and struggle to find something coherent to write.

Advice to a Writer

you should not walk
around with your heart
hanging open — there’s too much
danger out there
just find a way to make your heart
safe for opening slowly
chamber by chamber
so you can get back
to those in-the-moment
moments

— Nancy Slonim Aronie in Writing from the Heart: Tapping the Power of Your Inner Voice, p. 33 (Hyperion 1998)

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2 responses to “Found poetry: Advice to a writer

  1. Ah, I wish I had learned that lesson many decades ago! 🙂

    • It’s a tricky thing: if your heart isn’t in it somewhere, it’s not going to be very good, but you don’t want to expose yourself so much that it violates safety or propriety. A bit of a fine line, in practice. So, how *is* that book of yours coming along? 🙂

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