Letter to a Young Writer

A few years ago I was asked to write an advice-to-young-writers piece for Richard Hugo House. I came across it recently, and see in it a certain consistency of message — in other words, I still feel this way, so thought I’d share it with you here.

Dear Writer,

Years ago I heard Stanley Kunitz say, “The first job of the poet is to become the person who could write the poems.”

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