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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

What to do if your friends think poetry writing is stupid

There's a whole world of people who will denigrate your efforts. But if you're serious about writing, you have to stand up not only for what you've written but also for the idea of being a writer. Emily Dickenson aside, it just won't do to live in the closet and await posthumous glory. Friends are your last resort. Cultivate those who support you.

2009, Ron A. Kalman