• What's an Amateur, Anyway?

    12 days ago - By Open Space

    Eds note: The prose in this post was written by Creative Growth Poet-in-Residence Lorraine Lupo
    Heather Edgar, Untitled, 18″x24″ acrylic on paper
    I like to proselytize to any non-poet who will listen. My speeches go something like this: You don't have to understand every poem that you read, and you certainly don't have to like it. Read all over the place, pay attention to your own reactions. A poem is not a puzzle that needs figuring out (which is, unfortunately, how poetry is often taught in school). This isn't to say that poems can't be intentional, or want to tell you something.
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