“Take your vitamins. Exercise. Just work to love yourself as much as you can—not more than the people around you but not so much less.”

Sharon Olds, from “Advice to Young Poets: Sharon Olds in Conversation,” Poets.org, Michael Laskey.

Find more advice to writers in this poem: 

I Go Back to May 1937 (from The Gold Cell)

I see them standing at the formal gates of their colleges,
I see my father strolling out
under the ochre sandstone arch, the
red tiles glinting like bent
plates of blood behind his head, I
see my mother with a few light books at her hip

Read rest of poem, plus others by Olds, at Modern American Poetry

Read more about Sharon Olds

 

 

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