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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

On the benefits of writing

When Dostoyevsky was a student, one of his buddies burst into his room, woke him up, and declared him a genius. The chances of the same thing happening to you are minuscule. Still, it's entirely possible that someone might actually like one of your poems and let you know. Then, for a brief time, you might feel the same exhilaration Dostoyevsky felt.

2009, Ron A. Kalman