Poetry, process, progress.

Month: March 2016

Reviewing “The Rules” for Intro to Poetry Students

Reviewing “The Rules” for Intro to Poetry Students

I’ve been thinking about the rules. At one point, my creative writing program had a list of rules for the intro class so that beginning poets did not go straight for the techniques or pitfalls  that pretty much guarantee failure for the newbies, no matter […]

Review of the Poet Tarot App

Review of the Poet Tarot App

I own the Poet Tarot deck from Two Sylvias Press and was very interested in the idea of a smartphone app for the deck. The original deck is a marvelous focusing device for poets who want to expand their writing habits or career growth. That said, […]

Beginning

Beginning

In my quest to give poetry the time it needs, I’ve been thinking about triggers, those small things that start a poem. At times, I can almost hear a bell ring–this is it! Start here. The most unlikely trigger that I’ve found this year is text messages. I use text a lot with my daughter, a friend in Michigan, and another friend who is on sabbatical on the other side of the planet. Every once in a while  a phrase will stick out and beg to start something. In the past week two finished poems and one draft began as a response to a text. (more…)