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Still a good score

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What’s it like at places where people go and stand before a crowd and have their writing publicly judged? The good news is that I wouldn’t describe the atmosphere at a poetry slam as fear-inducing. Raucous – yes. Rowdy – certainly. Structured by a loose handful of rules, each more puzzling than the last – definitely. But not really scary at all.

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Begin at the beginning

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I have a lot of admiration for people who have produced great novels and great albums, but the largest space in my heart is reserved for the beginners. People who are just starting out, and can think of a thousand excuses not to continue, but who push through and do the thing regardless. I’ve always wondered what the difference is between them and the ones who sit around talking about “someday”.

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