Earl Gray's Rules Of Poetry from Earl Gray on Vimeo.
The other videos are: Part I, Part II and Part III. Here is the complete text listing for #1 to 181:
Cut off the last line! This will make your poem better!
(If this doesn't work, keep cutting off the last line.)
"If you don't think your poetry is competing against the works of others you're probably right."
Triteness is a minor flaw, easily remedied (should nothing else occur to you)
by adding a mysterious reference to a goat in the last line.
Poetry's only selling point is that it is cheaper than tear gas.
Never compare a poet's work to Ferlinghetti's unless you're a better shot than target.
Any poetry reading longer than 20 minutes is a hostage situation.
Poetry details the unspeakable obvious.
Intelligence is the difference between planting and burying.
Two is a contrast.
Three is a trend.
Good poetry haunts the reader.
Poetry is about how you say it.
Diplomacy is about how you avoid saying it.
Now it has constituencies.
A poem contains a thousand pictures.
They are coroners and accountants.
Practice makes permanent.
Now it's the opposite.
Good actors pause for thought.
never a worse time to be a good one.
usually believe in poetry without poetry.
amounted to an argument that the thing in front of you is, in fact, a car?
Great poetry is unforgettable.
a poem has already failed.
Experienced poets don't want one.
than the critique you receive.
the exclusivity of the one with three.
Theirs certainly don't.
People reread poetry because they remember them.
then no one is in for a pound.
We can't sell crap by a lazy ignoramus.
"Being bad includes not knowing you're bad."
It is pretension itself.
Ask if and why it will be remembered.
"How can we tell where the disingenuity ends and the stupidity begins?"
We can't work with the clueproof.
The question isn't: "Have I seen this before?"
The question is: "Do I want to see this again?"
"If you don't know how poetry is performed
you don't know how it is written."
only tools and fools.
Sadly, others have better taste.
it will need more heir conditioning.
you need to go first.
than the need to deny it.
Now it is religion.
and they don't read what we call "poetry".
[When performing...] Tell, don't show.
It's what others remember hearing.
to sell scripts in a civilization without theaters.
(Pssst! You have to build the theaters first.)
Learning breeds curiosity.
And vice versa.
not a cause,
not an affect.
than fools from fact.
It's about saying something originally.
just slightly less stupid than everyone else.
(Instead, listen to it.)
is that we should be listening to poetry.
as too much sunlight has on vampires.
It's an oxymoron.
- Michael Lind
- Pearl Gray
- Michael Lind
Poetry is timeless.
It isn't just prose
you agree with.
The number of poetry publications read is lower than the number sold.
Poetry has a lot of those."
a nearby printing press and a corrupt janitor."
not just silly.
be accessible without being accessible."
then you will be their last.
depends on how the author uses it,
not on the manner in which it's phrased."
- John Boddie (on Gazebo)
Poetry is about everything.
is the notion that this is poetry being alive.
Those who perform cannot write;
those who write cannot perform;
those who learn cannot teach;
and, those who teach cannot learn.
- Pearl's Paradox #2
- Pearl's Paradox #3
don't conceive many.
WTF do you think I was doing?"
- Pearl's Paradox #4
|Earl the Squirrel's Rule #0|
Click here for the pictorial slide show version of Earl Gray's Rules of poetry.
These rules have been provided here as a public service with apologies for stating the obvious.
No need to thank me.
Earl Gray, Esquirrel