My students tell me that all teachers have their lists of things they warn against. Some don't like gerunds. Some only like lines to break / where they logically would break. I know I have some rules of my own that I dispense, but I can't think of any right now.
Maybe there's something wrong with me, but I like it when writers make "mistakes" and make them work.
I was always told by teachers to explain a lot more. Why? Why? Why? Write in all of the information that's withheld.
Anyway, I wondered what you've been warned against doing, and whether you did it anyway, and whether it worked out for you.
~ Writing poems that shift subject/theme in the middle, in a way that doesn't immediately seem purposeful, but is.
~ Writing poems about ideas. Poems shouldn't be about ideas! They should be stories about how your aunt dropped the gravy boat at Thanksgiving.
~ Writing poems with images that require unpacking and further consideration. I've been scolded for this. The titmouse sits on the telephone wire, and that is it.
What do you have to say for yourself, now?
PS: I did not smash that bottle of wine at Giant Eagle, but I wished I had.
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