Laurice Gilbert is Vice-President of the New Zealand Poetry Society, after 8 years as Empress of Everything. She has had poems published in many NZ journals and anthologies, as well as publications in Australia, the USA, Canada, the UK, and Israel. She published her first collection, My Family & Other Strangers, in December 2012 and her second book, a joint collection with Portuguese poet Hugo Kauri Justo, will be published shortly. She's in recovery after an extended period of poetry burnout.
How to be a poet
Reject clichés and open your heart
Be a witness to what's there
not what you were taught to see
Listen to conversation
Write it down "How much
do you get paid?"
Practise being cold
take comfort from shivering
Practise being warm
hallucinate in the heat
Walk across a desert in a black dress
Drink tea until you leak metaphors
Eat chocolate until you pass out
Revive yourself with vodka
Never let your cats leave the house.