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It might as well be spring . . .
or maybe it is, so many love poems keep appearing in the blogs. Love poems are some of the hardest poems to write, or so claimed W. H. Auden. Here are a few classics that have inspired poets and lovers over the years:
America's New Lightning Rod
Charles Wright, America's newly appointed Poet Laureate, succeeds Natasha Tretheway, as "the nation's official lightning rod for the poetic impulse of Americans." The author of many poetry collections and the winner of The Pulitzer Prize, The National Book Award and many other honors, Wright brings a lifetime of of writing, teaching and living poetry to the role. For an introduction to his work, read an essay on his early poetry by Poetryexpress creator, Chuck Guilford.
Poetry in Motion Contest
Dakota Wixom of the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics has started a new contest called "Poetry in Motion." The idea of the contest is that people will submit poems under 100 words, and the winning submission will be turned into an animation. See one of Dakota's poetry videos.
Submissions welcome: http://www.allthingsmotion.net/contests/
For this poem, begin with a freewrite. Freewriting means just what it says: writing freely, without regard to spelling, grammar, paragraphing, or whether it makes any sense. For ten minutes, just write freely, in prose, whatever enters your mind. Your blog would be a great place to do this.Read more ...
Everyone has a personal and unique way of writing. And even with the same poet, different poems follow different paths from inspiration to publication. Even so, it's possible to envision a general process that can help us see where we are at and where we are headed as we work on our poems.
The ideas in this section are intended to help you keep moving ahead with your writing.
A poem's form is partly visual: its look on the page. George Herbert's "Easter Wings" is an example of striking visual form, as is e. e. cummings' "r-p-o-p-h-e-s-s-a-g-r." But visual form also works in less obvious ways. The lean, spare look of most Emily Dickinson poems complements her terse style, while the long, sweeping lines of Walt Whitman accentuate his bold, expansive message.Read more ...
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