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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

Pursuing an MFA

In practice, the Paris thing doesn't work (see: How to approach the learning of poetry writing). Who knows where the next international “hot spot” will be, and the chances of befriending a soon-to-be famous artist are slim. It's easier to sign up for an MFA program where you can be assured of getting quality feedback on your work, possibly even from a poet you admire. It won't really be like hanging out in Paris. Rather, more like summer camp for poets. But, hey, you take what you can get.

2009, Ron A. Kalman