How To Become A Writer

At night
Throw yourself away

At dawn
Remake yourself fresh

Fluid gender
Fluid sex

Be nowhere but
Let your eyes and ears wander                        everywhere

Be novel
Be the .5 kid

Write in ash
Turn voices of the past
Into a group of one

Bleach your heart
Dress your hands in dirt
Soak your mind in tears
Dry it in the yellow warmth

Walk half a marathon in another’s shoes
Walk the other half barefoot

For months at a time
Exercise only your fingers
Be only your fingers

Become a shadow amongst the shadows
Then emerge with a cloud of words

Rain them upon your listeners
Until they say, “You’re as essential as the weather.”

Benjamin Grossman received his MFA in Creative Writing from Rosemont College. His work is published or forthcoming in The Rusty Nail, Eunoia Review, APIARY, The Camel Saloon, theNewerYork and The Bookends Review. Currently, he blogs about the crumbling existence of taboo at His novel, The Land Without Footprints: Shadows Amongst Shadows (Sweatshoppe Publications, 2013) is available for purchase on Amazon and other outlets.

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8 Responses to How To Become A Writer

  1. Elan Mudrow says:

    Nice! I enjoyed your writing.
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  3. tenderlytina says:

    Yes! Nicely done.

  4. jadedmess says:

    I love this. Great job Ben!

  5. Miranda Stone says:

    This is excellent! What a beautiful and original way to describe the path of a writer.

  6. Chris Khatch says:

    chapeau bas

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