Tuesday, June 6, 2017

13 Reasons Why

(My Plays Don't Get Produced)

I am sequoia-ancient (three times twenty).
I build my plots on consequence and choices.
Most plays are one-note horns—mine, horns of plenty.
I think Art is the rebel who rejoices.

I always make the finish worth the chase.
I write to challenge, not make you relax.
I don’t suck up to your subscriber base
By patting them on their self-righteous backs.

My premises are clever and unique ones.
My dialogue is smart and more than noise.
I write strong women ‘cause there are no weak ones.
I write men as they are—arrested boys.

I always choose the truth over the fact.
I know how to construct a second act.

Copyright 2017 Matthew J Wells


R. Vincent Park said...

Forget the poetry part of the poem, a primer for playwrights that should be posted over every every desk, tabletop, computer bottom and top that ever deign write a play!!!!!!!!!!!

Emma Goldman-Sherman said...

A New Ars Poetica, thank you!

olia said...

Keep writing!