Author: Michael Parks

You learn the most from sitting down and doing the work, regularly, patiently, sometimes in hope, sometimes despairingly. When you have something that seems complete, show your work to people you trust to be honest but not malicious. Put it aside for six months and reread it. Expect to be disgusted by your own early work. If writing is your vocation, if you hope that it might be your salvation, push on through the disgust until you find one true sentence, a few words that say more than you expected, something you didn’t know until you set it down.


Omit needless words. Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.


Poem #23

Soles to earth balanced walk open path gravity’s weak I leap free dash and breathe be me Songs in windows as I pass Humming to see harmony a match intrigue All becomes cacophony the tunes too numerous to feel individually…

Poem #22

worlds collide like marbles in a petri dish each of us gods creating orbs rolling on leaning thus aiming for that predicted impact chance at work the angle’s wrong timing’s off what will hit? oh shit not that and so…

Poem #20

spring time of the heart love is new hearts moist with promise sweet dew summer time of the body passion burns desires shine light the way taking turns autumn falls upon the mind routine arrives duty calls forgotten clues separate…