- All poems must be initially typed on a typewriter.
- Titles must have a space between them and the poem.
- All poems must be completed in one sitting.
- If the writer leaves the desk during the sitting, that poem’s draft is considered finished.
- There is never a final draft, but there is a minimum of three drafts.
- Drafts must have a twenty four hour break between them.
- Using colours as a descriptive technique is frowned upon.
- Notes on drafts must be written in pen on the draft, different days require different pens.
- Source your own pens n the moment, do not prepare them in advance.
- Notes and ideas must be handwritten in journals, not on computers.
- Mistakes are beautiful.
- Only instrumental music may be listened to. Non-diegetic music is ok.
- All stanzas must be in multiples of 2 with a 4 line minimum.
- Poems must be self-referential to each other, and any other poems written by the author.
- Poems must form a series of at least three.
- Originals must never be given away, only photocopies.
- All originals must be kept in plastic wallets, in a folder, each poem has one wallet with the most recent draft at the front.
- Poems in the series must be numbered.
- This manifesto is free to distribute in any form.
- Folders must have a cover page with the author’s name, address, folder start date, folder number and a copy of the manifesto in the second wallet.
- Break a rule if necessary.
illustration: Claire Palmer
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