By no means are these necessarily rules every poet lives by, but I would confidently bet that every poet, experienced or not, dead or alive, rich or poor, can relate to them. These are very much the rules I live by myself – or try to. As with Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations, the point is not necessarily that one adheres to every rule every day with unshakeable discipline; it is that one means to. Rather than rules set in stone, these are simple rules “for” a poet; a guide the poet would do well to at least refer to now and again.
- To always be watchful for the next occurrence of meaning and significance in both the simple and the complex of every day and the infinite subtleties found therein
- To never lose the faith that those insights will come around again
- To be open-minded and to strive to open the minds of others
- To treat with any subject, as long as there is value to be had by doing so
- To embrace change in all areas, especially in those areas which, in their changing, bring you closer to truth
- To respect the rules while being willing to break them for the greater good, which is honest poetry
- To be indifferent to fame in itself; caring only for the potential increase of exposure for the poetry and thus its total value