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Various ambitions – to complete the poem, to see it in print, to enjoy the gratification of someone’s comment about it – serve in some measure as incentives to the writer’s work. Though each of these is reasonable, each is a threat to that other ambition of the poet, which is to write as well as Keats, or Yeats, or Williams – or whoever it was who scribbled onto a page a few lines whose force the reader once felt and has never forgotten. Every poet’s ambition should be to write as well. Anything else is only a flirtation.

Advice well taken not just by poets or would be poets… everyone needs to be passionate about life and forget about flirting.

Heart and mind, time, effort and commitment – that’s what real poetry making is all about.

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I got this beautiful slideshow of Vincent van Gogh’s paintings reeling off to the music of Don McClean’s Vincent in an e-mail and I just had to share it. I have a personal association with the song Vincent. My first son was named Vincent. He was a premature baby and lived for only three days. To borrow a line from the song – “this world was never meant for one as beautiful as you (him)…”

Here, take a look and get hooked on Vincent van Gogh. Listen and feel the anguish of this great painter.vangogh


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