I love this poem. The spaceship notebook and the turtlenecks always make me laugh. It’s not only perfect advice for the beginning writer, but also a reminder to tired, jaded, uninspired writers. Or people in general. Family health issues and other things out of my control have me feeling beaten down lately. I think I just need more time in libraries and something to laugh about!
“Do You Have Any Advice For Those of Us Just Starting Out?"
by Ron Koertge
Give up sitting dutifully at your desk. Leave
your house or apartment. Go out into the world.
It’s all right to carry a notebook but a cheap
one is best, with pages the color of weak tea
and on the front a kitten or a space ship.
Avoid any enclosed space where more than
three people are wearing turtlenecks. Beware
any snow-covered chalet with deer tracks
across the muffled tennis courts.
Read the rest of the poem here.
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