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What to do with old poetry

Jeff Davis interviewed Jessica Smith for WordPlay on WPVM [more here]. It's a good interview on a challenging poetic form for a radio broadcast.

Anyway, it reminded me of something I heard on NPR last week:
Joe Queenan's advice to aspiring writers is, "Don't write until you're 25. Don't write for the high school yearbook. Don't write for the college literary magazine. Don't write that stuff — you never had any experiences, you don't know anything, just shut up."
from The Writer's Almanac.
I found a box of poems I wrote before I turned 25 years old while cleaning the house. I have half a mind to chuck it and focus on new material.

  1. Blogger Jessica Smith | 8:04 PM, November 11, 2007 |  

    Burn it. Poetry burns well. And it is a fitting end for poetry, esp. anything from that angsty juvenile period.

    But save your best and worst juvenilia in case you're ever in Buffalo for the Best and Worst Juvenilia Contest.

  2. Blogger 1000 black lines | 8:45 PM, November 11, 2007 |  

    Thanks for the advice. I'll burn it along with all the friendship bracelets, florescent T-shirts, comic books, and magazines I acquired during the same period.

    Who needs to worry about the high cost of heating fuel when burning poetry is such an affordable alternative?

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