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The New Poetry Handbook

Mark Strand

1    If a man understands a poem,
     he shall have troubles.

2    If a man lives with a poem,
     he shall die lonely.

3    If a man lives with two poems,
     he shall be unfaithful to one.

4    If a man conceives of a poem,
     he shall have one less child.

5    If a man conceives of two poems,
     he shall have two children less.

6    If a man wears a crown on his head as he writes,
     he shall be found out.

7    If a man wears no crown on his head as he writes,
     he shall deceive no one but himself.

8    If a man gets angry at a poem,
     he shall be scorned by men.

9    If a man continues to be angry at a poem,
     he shall be scorned by women.

10   If a man publicly denounces poetry,
     his shoes will fill with urine.

11   If a man gives up poetry for power,
     he shall have lots of power.

12   If a man brags about his poems,
     he shall be loved by fools.

13   If a man brags about his poems and loves fools,
     he shall write no more.

14   If a man craves attention because of his poems,
     he shall be like a jackass in moonlight.

15   If a man writes a poem and praises the poem of a fellow,
     he shall have a beautiful mistress.

16   If a man writes a poem and praises the poem of a fellow overly,
     he shall drive his mistress away.

17   If a man claims the poem of another,
     his heart shall double in size.

18   If a man lets his poems go naked,
     he shall fear death.

19   If a man fears death,
     he shall be saved by his poems.

20   If a man does not fear death,
     he may or may not be saved by his poems.

21   If a man finishes a poem,
     he shall bathe in the blank wake of his passion
     and be kissed by white paper.

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