(A young poet who feels that the current climate of "no good, no bad,
just writing" has made it difficult to know where to start in his
Just start anywhere Bob. We all have to start again with each new work. You
don't have to believe in the above statement - it's there if you want it but
like you I wouldn't know where to start with a poem that was satisfied with
being 'just writing'. I suppose it does abolishes the need for editing
poems as one word is as good as another, it matters not where you break the
line or punctuate and how you treat the content becomes a total irrelevance.
And that's why I don't believe it. Because all these things matter. And most
of us want the poem we are working on to be better than the last. Get rid of
that and you get rid of one of the most compelling aspects of writing.