So I Wrote Thirty Poems in Thirty Days And I'm Still Not Sure If I Learned Anything Except How To Write Really Goddamn Fast

by Kirsty Logan

they say

            learn the names of things

            make up your mind

            create a new language with the same letters


they say

            write constantly, your soul is built with words

            write rarely, but mean it


they say

            read more, consume stacks as high as your hips

            read less, be selective, only in your genre, only outside your genre


they say

            attain quickly

            keep striving

            paper your walls with rejections slips

            don't forget to network

            don't forget to get down on your knees

            don't forget to call them friends

            be accepted

            be accepted


they say

            only when your name is written do you become real