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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

Poetry in the real world

Once you're out of a university program, you'll be met with general apathy, if not downright hostility. No one will be looking over your shoulder to see if you've written a poem that week and many will find it incomprehensible that you would want to write at all. “Hey, what you doin' that for? You trying to impress a girl?”

2009, Ron A. Kalman