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how I make a poem

ramon-guthrie

If a poet should ask me how I make a poem
I should say
I’ve always wondered myself.

If Ilse asked me how I make a poem
I should tell her
It is a very complicated and arcane process
In simplest analogy
it is rather like making a pterodactyl pie
First you mix your piecrust
using plenty of shortening
roll it yet keep it crisp and flaky
Then you plant an acorn
When the oak is fully grown
you lime its branches
and lie in wait for it to catch a pterodactyl.
— Ramon Guthrie

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how I make a poem Reviewed by on November 11, 2016 .

If a poet should ask me how I make a poem I should say I’ve always wondered myself. If Ilse asked me how I make a poem I should tell her It is a very complicated and arcane process In simplest analogy it is rather like making a pterodactyl pie First you mix your piecrust

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