3 S.R. Johannes: Writers Anonymous: A 3 Step Program

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Writers Anonymous: A 3 Step Program

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Writers Anonymous: A 3 Step Program (by Quentin Huff)
I came across this poem and fell in love with it. I am sure we can all relate. Happy Poetry Month!

[Step One: Resentment]
Hi, My name is Quentin.
I'm a write-a-holic.
I can't control it,
can't curb the urge to write.
I need help.
I want my life back.

[Step Two: Commitment]
I write poems on fast food napkins,
with toothpicks, using ketchup for ink.
I jot ideas for poems
on my arms and legs. When I run out of space,
I use my shoes.
I make motions
similar to Michael Jackson's moonwalk
when I need to erase.

I make up stories
while making love to my wife.
She left me.
Who needs her?
She was suffocating my creativity.

I await submission replies
like an addict, hands trembling,
head shaking in disbelief.
Not another bout with rejection!
I'm manic depressive.
I'm happy to be here.
No I'm not.

I live for revision.
Instead of sex, I have poems.
I eat feedback.

[Step 3: Contentment]
As a recovering write-a-holic,
admitting my problem
has provided a much needed catharsis.
Joining this nurturing group has
taught me to reconcile my past and move forward.

(Excuse me,
but are you going to throw away that paper cup?
That's good paper!)


Jessie Oliveros said...

Confessions of a write-aholic. It's so true. We're addicted.

Irene Latham said...

Donna Bowman wrote a great piece called Writers Anonymous. You can read it here. page 17 http://www.birminghamartsjournal.com/pdf/baj3-4.pdf