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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 value of getting your poems published

Unfortunately, there's no getting around this. Once you start telling people you write poetry, you will be hounded by the question, “Have you been published?” It's the sine qua non of legitimacy. Of course, being published won't make you a better writer. And it won't stop people form asking other questions, “Do you have a book out?” “Which university do you teach at?” But it will shut up most people you meet at parties and make them beg off to get another drink.

2009, Ron A. Kalman