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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

Getting your book published

After collecting an untold number of rejection slips from magazines, you'll want to do the same with book publishers. However, most first books of poetry are chosen through contests and an entry fee of roughly $25 is required for each contest. At this rate, you can be assured of going broke fairly quickly. You will then stop worrying about getting your book published and start worrying about where your next meal is coming from.

2009, Ron A. Kalman