I Was a Child Poet. And a Bad One.

by on November 13, 2012

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Heather November 14, 2012 at 2:06 pm

John, Your book is on that list because it is the best book I’ve read, not only this year, but possibly in my entire life. It is one of the only books I’ve ever wanted to read more than once. And I’m 33. See you on Friday!

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Chris Schaefer November 15, 2012 at 8:31 am

John–
As a former elementary school teacher, I might be able to shed some light on the mystery format in your poems. They sound like a formula assignment that we sometimes give where the first line is supposed to be your first name, second line, two adjectives, third line, a phrase describing your personality, fourth line, what you’re good at, etc. and last line, your last name. That might not exactly fit the poems you read–I suppose the teacher could make up whatever criteria he or she wanted for the poem. Anyway, that type of assignment came to mind when you read your ‘early works’. :-)

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