'A Self-Help Book for Broken Writers: Some Zen notes' by Samuel Wagan Watson | States of Poetry QLD - Series Two

                                                             (1)

Try to remain in bed for a few days without picking up a single
word ... Avoid that on-again/off-again/suddenly appearing without warning
again partner in your life who sends you passive-aggressive dispatches
and threats ... Do not respond to their needs until you can provide
constructive editorial advice, i.e., ‘Your grammar is improving in your last
suicide note...’ Only work with editors who reject you with phrases like:
‘It’s not you ... it’s me.’

 

                                                            (2)

A broken writer is a broken writer is a broken writer is a broken writer is a broken writer is a
broken writer is a broken writer is a broken writer is a broken writer is a broken writer is a
broken writer is a broken writer is a broken writer is a broken writer is a broken writer is a
broken writer is a broken writer is a broken writer is a broken writer is a broken writer is a
broken writer is a broken writer is a broken writer ... is a poet...

 

(3)

Remain as unhappy and as inanimate as a jigsaw puzzle, completed but
missing that one vital piece ... Apply for a Writers Residency in North
Korea before applications close on the Day After (No
pressure...)...Always be good to your ink quills but be content without a
pen in your grasp; a spider without a fly.

Samuel Wagan Watson