IN THE HEYDAYS OF HIS EYES
(taut jeans dancing)

An Anthology of Poetry about Being Young and Growing Up
 
 
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ADVICE TO YOUNG WRITERS

Ron Padgett

One of the things I’ve repeated to writing students is that they should write when they don’t feel like writing, just sit down and start, and when it doesn’t go very well, to press on then, to get to that one thing you’d otherwise never find. What I forgot to mention was that this is just a writing technique, that you could also be out mowing the lawn, where, if you bring your mind to it, you’ll also eventually come to something unexpected (“The robin he hunts and pecks”), or watching the “Farm News” on which a large man is referring to the “Greater Massachusetts area.” It’s alrignt, students, not to write. Do whatever you want. As long as you find that unexpected something, or even if you don’t. from Collected Poems by Ron Padgett published by Coffee House Press. Permission of Coffee House Press and Ron Padgett. www.RonPadgett.com www.coffeehousepress.org

 
 
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