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The problem with taking a poetry writing class is that phrases like "sad apple" end up getting given shelf space in your head, in case they end up useful at some point. And I think sad apple sounds pretty happy. Sad apple! she said brightly. See?

I am extremely suspicious of poetry. I feel a little silly writing it. Unlike fantasy, which never makes me feel silly because if you're the type of person to write fantasy, then you are automatically less likely to be accused of being pretencious. We just want people to have a good time. And I definitely don't want to be a poetry writer. I just want to be a better writer.

Sad apple.

It's going to be a fun semester, I think.

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Date: 2009-01-16 03:29 am (UTC)
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I'm also suspicious of poetry. Generally I assume someone who writes poetry is at least a little pretentious, except people like, say, Marshall, who I'm pretty sure really do it solely for the expression, and not for the entitlement to look pensive all day or say inane things that sound deep (just like people say "That's deep" because they don't understand some "poetry").

Unfortunately, because of my suspicion, I also suspect I will repeatedly do battle again with Tredennick when I approach her sonnets with such an eye. And she'll probably rip me a new one every time.

Sad apple.


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