March 24, 2013

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The Poetry Man

This is the beginning of my third week of writing something about my life each day.  I am remembering just how difficult is the work of turning thoughts into words.  Writing is an art and a craft.  It takes practice to build the skills necessary to say anything in such a way that a reader may garner useful information or some meaningful insight.  For several years, from my late teens until my early 30s, I tried to develop those skills.  I would usually have a notebook or a legal pad handy so I could write down thoughts, observations or interesting phrases as they came to me.  I was convinced that poetry is the most precise use of language, and would have aspired to become a poet if I had thought I could support myself that way. Continue reading