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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

How to approach the learning of poetry writing

Hop on the first plane headed for Paris and hang out with Apollinaire, Picasso, Gertrude Stein, Hemingway, and Fitzgerald. If you can't afford the airfare, create your own Paris. There's really no good reason to be an artist if you can't be a bohemian and hang out with other artists.

2009, Ron A. Kalman