Advice to a Young Poet by Elisavietta Ritchie

Additional Advice for a Young Poet

“A writer has nothing to teach and everything
to learn, at all times.”   –Albert Camus

Only one paper napkin
for those six empty minutes?
Cover it with a poem.

Wipe your face
on the other side.
Between the splotches: write.

Lose your pen?
Try a pencil. When this
breaks, wears out,

charcoal till you’re black
as the burnt stick
worn to smudge.

Write with ash
on the sea.
Write on grass,

red ink on flames,
blue on the sky,
white on snow.

When all implements
use your blood.


[Confrontation 2006; Real Toads, Black Buzzard Press, © 2008 Elisavietta Ritchie; Cormorant Beyond the Compost, Cherry Grove Series, WordTech Communications, © 2011 Elisavietta Ritchie; The Broadkill Review, Vol. 7, no.1]


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