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An Intro to Reading & Writing Poetry

Posted by on September 12, 2019 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (1)

There are many considerations for how new writers can approach reading and writing poetry. That in itself can be intimidating, overwhelming even. What I’ve noticed during my years as student and teacher is that many of us have been exposed to poetry that isn’t easily accessible or classics that use archaic language and poetic conventions that have fallen out of style. Who wants to stumble or stutter through confusing text that holds no immediate or lasting impression? With such ex...

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Posted by on June 17, 2017 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (2)

In grad school I began experimenting with poetry form with new purpose, hoping to discover ways to interpret hybrid versions to make my own. I know, I'm a late bloomer. Last one to the party. What poet doesn’t do this, right? Doesn’t drink this kool-aid, then spike it with her own brew until it’s a new version of the original drink? I know. But this is where I’ve discovered some of my best verse and where I’ve witnessed others do the same, so it’s a discuss...

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Potent Line Breaks that Pack a Punch

Posted by on April 26, 2016 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)


Poetry speaks to us in ways other texts simply cannot. As with any literary work, the actual text does its job on the surface while it relies on literary devices to suggest underlying meanings that drive the tension in the surface happenings. One characteristic that sets poetry apart from other literary styles is its reliance on line breaks. Line breaks can make or break a poem. Whether you’re a trained poetry reader or not, you will sense and feel when you’re caught ...

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The Science in Writing Imagery

Posted by on March 9, 2016 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)


Writers employ imagery in their work so their written worlds become vivid in readers' minds. A well-crafted image enriches a text as it helps readers visualize an otherwise abstract space. Regardless of the written medium—poetry or prose, academic or trending—how an author invites readers into the visual space the text inhabits will influence its lasting effects. Consider all the texts you find most memorable. Were there visual elements or interes...

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Finding Places to Publish Your Writing

Posted by on January 30, 2015 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)


First things first, before you send your work out to potential publishers, make sure it's polished—and dare I say, error free. The last thing a writer wants to do is earn a reputation for sending drafted or sloppy work that isn't ready for publication. Sure, even the most seasoned writers and grammar nerds miss things. I'm not talking about the horror of your piece having a missed copyedit item or two. I'm talking about writing that hasn't gone through sessions of revision ...

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