Friday, May 27, 2016

Daniel Klawitter- A Poem

How to Publish Your Poetry in Many Literary Journals
I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing,
and that is that I know nothing.  –Socrates in Plato’s Apology.
Be clever—but not too clever.
The less said in your poems the better.
“Show, don’t tell” is the rule & the way.
But definitely mention your MFA.
It helps if you’re from the west or the east.
But New York is best—the rest are the least.
Be secular & urban and write about sex.
Be fluent in irony & postmodern texts.
But keep it obscure—sincere yet vague.
Avoid rhymed couplets like they were the plague.
Do all this & you’ll soon be eternal—
Or at least be published in many literary journals.
About The Author:
Among other things, Daniel has been an actor, the lead singer/lyricist for the Indie rock band Mining for Rain (, and a union organizer for teachers and mental health care workers.  His poems have appeared widely in journals and magazines, both online and in print, in Australia, the UK, and the U.S.  He has also read his work on live public radio as a guest poet on The Poetry Show at krfc 88.9 in Ft. Collins, CO.  He is the author of the full-length poetry collection, A Poet Playing Doctor, from White Violet Press/Kelsay Books (Fall, 2015):

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