You can’t teach

You can’t teach
    Make them believe
Creative writing
    You know the secret.

Confessing my doubts
    I would be covering myself
Seemed the most honest approach
    If I were a dismal failure.

A certain amount of learning
    It takes a little push
To write stories
    In that direction
Comes through reading them.

The process of writing
    If one thing doesn’t work
Is largely that of asking questions
    You try another
And solving problems
    You go back.

/ / /

This is a found poem. Source: Bond, Nancy. “On Not Teaching Creative Writing.” Innocence and Experience: Essays and Conversations on Children’s Literature, compiled and edited by Barbara Harrison and Gregory Maguire, Lothrop, Lee, & Shepard Books, 1987, pp. 445-447.

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