What does the writer need in order to go forward? So many things. This “blessing for writers” wishes them for you, beginning with a silken string…
In “Inside Out,” Marjorie Maddox has assembled a series of poems about reading and writing poems. The poems show rather than tell, and it’s great fun.
This week, we explore a poem by T.S. Eliot prize-winner, Philip Gross, “The Boat Made of Poems.” Gather your tools & craft a boat of your poetry with us.
“Female Figure (Possibly Venus)” by Brian Felsen is a collection of twenty-two poems that explores love, relationships and the artistic imagination.
These love poems by Dave Malone are part of the geography of the Ozarks, and the interior geography of a profound, passionate love.
The Beat poets – Kerouac, Ginsberg, O’Hara, others – were unconventional in their writing and lives, and had a major impact on American culture.
One of the best resources for Haiku in English, this is a helpful book. Check out the wonderful sample haiku and maybe go haiku hunting in Emily Dickinson.
A day spent celebrating love—to launch Love, Etc. Sharing quotes, a live reading, chocolates. What’s not to love?
Adrienne Rich’s “Diving into the Wreck.” An intriguing poem analysis that includes the whole poem, theme, tone and more. Let’s dive in!
Tweetspeak Poetry’s recent poetry jam on Twitter used Ted Kooser’s “The Poetry Home Repair Manual” for prompts — with some surprising results.
A poet offers a word of thanks: “Something which says, you didn’t need to make room for this—the onions, the beets, the linen closet, the river and the copper…”
Kim Addonizio says writing form poetry can teach you economy and structure and take you unexpected places. But what if you have no sense of rhythm? Can you still write a sonnet? LW Lindquist wraps up our Ordinary Genius book club this week with enough iambic pentameter to make you scream.
1. “Mama, ” my five-year-old calls from the back of the minivan, “can you make up a poem?” “A poem?” I ask. “Yes. A poem about words. A poem that rhymes.” I look out the window. Well, crap. A rhyming poem about words? “It might take me awhile, ” I say. “That’s okay, Mama. Whenever […]
One of the greatest poets who ever lived worries that his poetry is not good enough.
What is poetry? Any effort to define Poetry (with a capital “P”) in an exhaustive way is doomed to fall short. So why not offer a poet’s heresy.
Can you see how the poem “The Stolen Child” embodies a struggle to grow up?
While I think it’s important to discipline myself to try on the shoes of various poem forms, I understand that personality and brain-wiring somehow play a part.
A good poem does that—offers multiple gifts upon multiple readings.
Lately, I’ve been writing hard, more professionally than years past, which means also a bit more mechanically. Some words are needed, so I crank them out. GoodWordEditing is one of my few places where I can still play. Play is so important. I’ve thought of posts I could write this week: about the 22-30 rule […]
Where do poems hide? Dogwood sweet, shaded near my feet, reaching dark-limbed to serve up day. They also hide until people die, kicking at the dirt.