How to Make it

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A poet’s art is to compress

.    say more by writing less

the blacksmith hammers blades that hiss

.    pounds molecules of metal to an edge

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.    A poet’s art is to expand

the mind, pierce hard shells of dogma

.    that confine the senses and

taste the naked flesh and relish it

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Don’t abuse, but love the words

.    you use, for they’re your only link

to other thinking minds before

.    in bodies that begot you

with words and love tangled in the sheets

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A poet’s art is tightening

.    the bow of meaning, like a string

that bends to blue notes and holds on

.    to outlive the dying echoes of the song

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