April 9, 2015: Hal Sirowitz

On the last page of The New Yorker magazine is the weekly poetry caption contest. It requires a minimalist line or two. Roger Ebert, the former movie critic, entered it over a thousand times and never won. I start my writing by doing the contest. I’ve entered it over fifty times, and have never won either. It’s like a lotto. It becomes easier to do. You start using your instincts. The hard part is coming up with two quotes, and having to decide which one to enter. 
There’s a form you have to fill in once. Then you just have to come up with quotes. It helps having a cartoon you can bounce off of. It takes you outside of yourself.


Submitted by Hal Sirowitz.

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