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Prescription for Poets

In Poetry on June 15, 2010 at 9:57 pm

Steal words from others, blame the royal tutor
if caught, miss the beginning of movies
on purpose but notice the first buds,
try painting it all one color and then stop
somewhere on the road and ambivalently wait
to be seated amid empty tables and strangers
and the slow, agonized waltz of maladroit busboys.

Howie Good, a journalism professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz, is the author of 18 print and digital poetry chapbooks and the full-length collection of poetry, Lovesick (2009). His second full-length collection, Heart With a Dirty Windshield, will be published by BeWrite Books.