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Fierce on The Page by Sage Cohen

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Fail Harder

“By writing poetry, even those poems that fail and fail miserably, we honor and affirm life. We say, ‘We loved the earth but could not stay.’” —Ted Kooser

The reader had given me a five-star review of my book. She spent a few paragraphs raving about all she had learned, and then she dedicated the entire second half of the review to venting about a typo that displeased her. Reading this review brought me back to my own long and circuitous journey living alongside the inevitability of mistakes.

Like this miffed reviewer, I was once the kind of writer who would not have forgiven myself for that typo. For any typo. When I was that kind of writer—an imaginary perfect writer—I did not send my work out for fear that it contained a flaw. ...

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