HOW TO CRITIQUE A POEM

  1. Really give it a chance.
  2. Don't overlay how you would write the poem onto a poem.
  3. Imagine how to sex the poem up, not stupidly, but for real. Where to apply the lipstick?
  4. Slice and dice! Should it start here? End there? Maybe chop everything but the last stanza?
  5. Get competitive. It you were writing this poem you would be writing the fuck out of it. Who's this asshole?
  6. Get more competitive. Think about how much better you would be at reading/performing/writing this poem.
  7. Write a poem about this poem. Actually just write this poem, you know?