“Writers don’t write from experience….”

imgres.jpg“Writers don’t write from experience, although many are hesitant to admit that they don’t. …If you wrote from experience, you’d get maybe one book, maybe three poems. Writers write from empathy.”

Nikki Giovanni

(quote found at Goodreads)

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Mothers

BY NIKKI GIOVANNI

the last time i was home
to see my mother we kissed
exchanged pleasantries
and unpleasantries pulled a warm
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Mahmoud Darwish’s “To a Young Poet”

To a Young Poet

BY MAHMOUD DARWISH

TRANSLATED BY FADY JOUDAH

Don’t believe our outlines, forget them
and begin from your own words.
As if you are the first to write poetry
or the last poet.
If you read our work, let it not be an extension of our airs,
but to correct our errs
in the book of agony.
Don’t ask anyone: Who am I?
You know who your mother is.
As for your father, be your own.