- A poem doesn’t mean anything. A poem says something. Only a reader can make meaning.
- Good poems have in them a specific location, and movement from and/or toward that location.
- Poems are written in sentences. You achieve clarity by using subjects and verbs.
- Literal details are more important than figurative details.
- Poems are built on tensions, resistance and other two-nesses; otherwise, they’re simply declarations.
Remember, writing to express yourself is like throwing up: something comes out of you, but who wants to look at it? If you get stuck in self-expression, remember rule 5.