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Alice Pero

Alice Pero

Alice Pero is a teacher, dancer, poet and musician. She has been published in a number of small magazines and featured at many readings in the LA and NYC areas. She has done many poetry workshops for small children and for many years was a guest artist for the New York City Ballet Education Department's poetry workshops in the NYC metropolitan area. Currently she gives poetry workshops and teaches the first grade at The Pinewood Academy of Literacy and the Arts in La Canada, California. Sunlink Publications recently published a book of her poetry, Thawed Stars.

contact Alice at: pero@earthlink.net


Why worry about making mistakes?
Instead, write a poem
and put all your best mistakes in it.
Leave the poem under a stack
Don't bother to send it out or read it
at any readings
let it gather dust
Occasionally you can take it out
and read it
You could ask a few friends for some of
their best mistakes
and add them too
They don't have to rhyme
After awhile you might fold
the poem up and put it in a box
or use it as a paperweight
unfolding it only when you feel
you need to learn from past mistakes
but most of the time
you could just leave them there,
After all, the poem is mostly for storage
It's always nice to know
you have a poem to keep things in.

Copyright © 1999. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Duplication of this poetry and/or art without permission of the author/artist is forbidden under copyright law. Please ask permission if you wish to use for non-commercial purposes
  Big Cats in Snow Tuesday, July 11, 2000