Don�t listen to anyone who tells you that there are ten secrets to good poetry. That person is more likely to be a salesperson than a poet. There are in fact eleven. Good poems resist time Language is a fluid Your idealised inner poetic space may be quite irrelevant in the end Even free verse is a form Speech and punctuation and grammar imply rhythm Randomness creates rhythm and harmony Irony is not always funny Remain auto-conscious Poetics Community One word is enough to summarise an entire generation St Kilda Writers Festival, Saturday February 5 2005


Anonymous said…
this isn't meant to be provocative - would you consider expanding on these points? I'd be well interested. Trying to get back into poetry writing, and this would be a help, i think.

David Prater said…
Hey Adam,

no problems - I'll try to elaborate on each secret in turn over the coming days - please feel free to add to the discussion (that goes for everyone, obviously, except the person who keyed in "discussion on private sex orgies in sydney" to get here).

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