Welcome to Words Count with Mama Zen, a new monthly feature exploring the oft unappreciated art of not writing.
No, seriously. How many times have you read a poem that would have been stellar . . . if it had not dragged on for six more unnecessary stanzas? How many times have you been the guilty author of that poem? There are thousands and thousands of tips out there to get us past writer's block, but little or nothing about how and when to shut the hell up.
Here, we will work on it together.
Let's get started with a little challenge. Poets are often accused of living in their own little worlds. So, tell me about yours . . . in thirty-five words or less. Free verse or form; your choice.