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Why Spend Time Reviewing?

DAVID A. TROMAN POINTS THE READER TO THE BUSINESS OF THE WRITER IN THE FORUM. Why spend time reviewing? This seems like a fair enough question, and it has more than one answer. The first, and probably most obvious one, is that on any writing site people are more likely to reciprocate and review your […]

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Read, Read, Write

A POEM IS A POEM IS A POEM, RIGHT? Well actually, no. There is good poetry and there is bad poetry to begin with, but even good poetry is not always guaranteed to get published, which is why you need to read, read and even read again. Read a wide range of publications that feature […]

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A Therapeutic Play of Poetry

I RECENTLY DELIVERED A POETRY WORKSHOP that had at its core the technique of ‘wildminding’. I first picked up this thinking process several years ago when reading Natalie Goldberg. She advocated writing ‘as it comes’, from a place within. The workshop was part of a conference gathering of academics, writers and face-to-face workers in the […]

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Poems of Emotions

BE SUBTLE WHEN IT COMES TO EMOTION, lest it is perceived as manipulative. The reader can be inspired to feel deeply without being pushed to it. Over-sentimentality tends to trivialize the subject, make it sound mushy, where much better can be achieved by inference and suggestion. Also beware of rhythm and rhyme, unless your poem […]

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The Joy of Editing

DON’T YOU JUST LOVE THAT FEELING of getting back from a hard week at work, uncorking a bottle of fine Chardonnay, lowering the volume on a Barry White LP, taking out the tea-candles and . . . editing poetry? Okay, so editing poetry isn’t often the most exuberating experience but it’s nearly always a necessary […]

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