Wordsworth wrote an endless poem in blank verse on” the growth of a poet’s mind.” I shall attempt a more modest feat for a more distracted age: a blog, “Things which a Lifetime of Trying to Be a Poet has Taught Me.”
With the Holidays behind us, we return to our more or less chronological history of what trying to be a poet has taught us. Why do we write? This is as good an explanation as I have been able to come up with. Jaime Fredericks was a student of mine some years ago, and is a very good writer of fantasy in her own right.
THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY
For Jaime Fredericks, Fellow Explorer
The mind is poised; the fingers grip the pen.
Ahead, the unexplored expanse of white
Lies peaceful, undisturbed—invites you in.
No one can tell what wondrous things you might
Encounter once the journey has begun.
The hidden chambers of the human heart,
That labyrinth that is fully known by none,
Lie perilously open once you start.
Solar systems far beyond our ken;
Dragons, wizards, elves, and warriors bold;
The desperate lives of ordinary men;
All the untold tales that must be told,
And any one might pick you for its Mage!
The grand adventure of the empty page.
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