How to Be a Great Poet, Part Two – by Sparrow, Guest Blogger

Another simple way to become a major poet is to floss your teeth, twice a day.  Firstly, flossing — if you’re not overly brutal — massages the gums, and gum health is an oft-neglected concern among poets.  But more crucially, flossing produces near-inaudible NECESSARY RHYTHMIC PATTERNS which nourish the metrical mind.

A similar practice is listening to rain fall — especially on a roof, or resonant wooden platform.

Poems are not about words, any more than choreography is about legs.  Poetry, in truth, is a collection of crisp and soft percussive sounds.  It’s not mistaken to say: “Poetry is rain.”