Monday, August 9, 2010

The Art Of Writing

The Art Of Writing

I will set
these words
simple and straight
and in line for you.

I did not come here
to beguile you
or impress you
or show you
how good of
a "writer" I am.

I have come
to show you: this
and that.

like pointing
a finger at a
disease and
saying: look,
there it is.

we need this
more now.
not side shows
or circus acts
of the pen.

but doctors
who are willing
to open the thing up,
cut it out
and show it to you
and say "heal it."

it is dead
or dying.

the art
of writing.

--Mike Meraz is a poet from Los Angeles who currently lives in New Orleans. He is the author of two books of poetry Black-Listed Poems and All Beautiful Things Travel Alone. Both are available at and He is also the editor of Black-Listed Magazine.

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