snapping rules like rubber bands

unfairly, the adverb
carries responsibility
for laxity in poetry
as if every -ly lazily falls into
a slot active language deserves

but
isn’t all language live
and if

I don’t use these tools
properly
writing a poem
will seem
like building a house

hammerless
and using a shoe for the job

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About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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28 Responses to snapping rules like rubber bands

  1. Miriam E. says:

    Susan, this is so clever – you are so right! love the shoe… nice touch!

  2. ruleofstupid says:

    Rules is there to be broken – once you know how to follow them 🙂

  3. Yay! I see what you’re saying.. hang on that’s a milestone for this poppet! 🙂

  4. There you go again. 🙂

  5. mobius faith says:

    All my favorite artists break the rules. Nice one. Break on…

  6. nelle says:

    Rules, accepted practices, etc are made to be broken. Knowledge of options and their usage matters. Intent matters. A writer draws on a wide repertoire of tools and means to shape the story and its conveyance.

    The unintended, that is where we trip. Someone I well respect once wrote a legal decision that applied to many people (due to a mass action.) One three-letter omitted word changed everything. Consider ‘you were laid off by your employer’ vs ‘you were laid by your employer’…

    As a novelist, I avoid adverbs in my work, but my canvas is 100,000 words of wiggle room. And even then if I felt it worked for me in a given situation, I’d do it.

  7. unfetteredbs says:

    you are so good and very clever

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