“Do You Have Any Advice For Those of Us Just Starting Out?”

—Ron Koertge

Give up sitting dutifully at your desk.  Leave

your house or apartment.  Go out into the world.

It’s all right to carry a notebook but a cheap

one is best, with pages the color of weak tea

and on the front a kitten or a space ship.


Read rest of poem at the website for Poetry 180, a carefully selected on-line anthology of poems picked for American High School Students, facilitated by Billy Collins and the Library of Congress.


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