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Postcard of advice from Naomi Shihab Nye. Advice I want to take.

Postcard of advice from Naomi Shihab Nye. Advice I want to take.

Postcard of advice to a young poet, from Rachel Eliza Griffiths.

Postcard of advice to a young poet, via James Shea

Postcard of advice to a young poet, via James Shea

A line of advice from, yup, Sam Amadon.

A line of advice from, yup, Sam Amadon.

Postcard of advice from Eloise Klein Healy

Postcard of advice from Eloise Klein Healy

Postcard of advice from Carl Phillips

Postcard of advice from Carl Phillips

Advice to Writers:
1. Learn the names of the plants & animals in your backyard.2. Champion the writing of others.3. Practice the art of the Thank You - note.4. Learn the names of the stars, moons, and planets.5. Floss!5 1/2. Even if you are writing about something awful, something that you hate, write out ofM LOVE. xo - Aimee (Nezhukumatathil)

Advice to Writers:

1. Learn the names of the plants & animals in your backyard.
2. Champion the writing of others.
3. Practice the art of the Thank You - note.
4. Learn the names of the stars, moons, and planets.
5. Floss!
5 1/2. Even if you are writing about something awful, something that you hate, write out ofM LOVE
xo - Aimee (Nezhukumatathil)

Postcard of advice from Joyelle McSweeney

Postcard of advice from Joyelle McSweeney

Advice to young poets, from Terese Svoboda (via Gracy Paley)

Advice to young poets, from Terese Svoboda (via Gracy Paley)

Advice from Wyn Cooper

Advice from Wyn Cooper