I have a confession to make. Not only have I never written poetry, but I’ve also never enjoyed reading it either, except, of course, for limericks beginning, “There once was a lady from Nantucket.” I’m stating this neither as a boast nor as a poetry put-down. Quite the contrary, I’m a bit embarrassed about my inability to appreciate poetry. I worry that it’s a serious intellectual flaw. And I have more than enough of those.
Consequently, I think it’s time for me to broaden my cultural horizons. I’ve decided to try my hand at penning poetry. I have just a few questions that I hope someone can answer before I start: Which government office issues poetic licenses? How much does it cost? I don’t want to spend a lot of money on a license until I’m sure I to want to stick with this poetry thing. What’s the penalty for writing poetry without a license? And, assuming that I do take to poetry, once I get my poetic license, how long is it valid? Will I have to renew it annually?
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