Dear Northwest Starr,
inquiring from afar,
how generous you are
to tip toward us your jar
of seasoned questions far
beyond the normal bar
and make us wonder why,
in genres that we try,
we write the things we do
for many or for few,
what should go in the stew
and still be something new.
It isn't wrong for you to disagree
with other writing practices you see
in other people who themselves are free
to form their individuality
and thus work out for their own poetry
what they might think it should or shouldn't be.
My own experience does not support
much confidence in my ability
to redirect a firm philosophy
of poetry or work of any sort.
So I would rather ask for quality,
which one can learn, and not myself purport
to second-guess the goals that others see.
Some observations are recorded in
my recent hubs, "Poems are Different,"
and "You Have My Permission to Write."
I thank you, by the way, that you are you.