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On Writing Poetry



Why write poetry

How to approach the learning of poetry writing

Why take poetry writing workshops

How do you know if your efforts are successful

Writing in defined forms such as sonnets and sestinas


Choosing a topic to write about

On the benefits of writing

The value of getting your poems published

What to do if your friends think poetry writing is stupid

Pursuing an MFA

Putting a book together


Poetry in the real world

Belonging to a poetry group

Getting your book published

The state of poetry publishing

Writing translations

Motivation to continue writing

About the author

Belonging to a poetry group

Joining a group is a good way to get feedback on what you've written and maintain the motivation you need to keep writing. Groups are generally comprised of 4 or 5 participants who meet periodically at one of the participants' homes. Each poet comes prepared with fresh work she wants to show the group, and then each person offers comments on what they've read.  Don't forget to bring a bottle of wine to take the sting out of the criticism.

2009, Ron A. Kalman