This weekend while at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival I attended a workshop entitled Ars Poetica taught by Jennifer Jean, Jennifer Martelli, and Marjorie Tesser.
The Poetry Foundation says this about Ars Poetica:
Ars Poetica is
Poetry is the kitchen.
First there is the slipper-clad facing
of the bright light of morning.
Then a harsh grinding of beans
… one takes a few slow sips
whether scalding, warm or weak.
Next comes a gathering at the table;
plates, bowls, cups filled with a ladle that
portions ever so carefully. Seasoned lightly.
Stirred some, the creation comes to stillness.
Tasted, lovingly with the mouth, the ear, the eye.
Eventually there is satiety. Or compost.
You rise, pat your mouth with a napkin,
pause to ponder something out the window,
and scuff off to another room.