How to be a good poetry citizen

Illustration by Leslie Patricelli

Yes Yes

1. Read poetry

2. Listen to poetry

3. Disseminate poetry

4. Write poetry

5. Remain open to learning more

No No

1. Don’t bully other poets online or in person

2. Don’t write bad reviews of a poet’s work out of personal spite for the poet

3. Don’t make definitive lists of poets or poems

4. Don’t take on more than you can handle

5. Don’t over/under-estimate the value of poetry in the world

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3 Responses to How to be a good poetry citizen

  1. You mean I cannot play in the poetry and dump it on my head?

  2. That’s actually probably the best way to do it; misleading illustration!

  3. Haha, whew. I feel better. I’ve made such a mess over here.

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