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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

The state of poetry publishing

Since a scandal several years back when a prominent poet who was serving as judge picked her fiancé's manuscript as the winning entry, many contests now prohibit judges from picking the work of friends, lovers, relatives, and former students. That it has only now occurred to the organizers of these contests that this may be a good idea has led some to suggest that the world of poetry is more incestuous than it should be.

© 2009, Ron A. Kalman