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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

Writing in defined forms such as sonnets and sestinas

When you first try writing in a form, it might appear as a straightjacket. Ironically, the constraints can be liberating. The end result might surprise you, which is good. The aim of writng poetry is to surprise. If your writing does not surprise you, it won't surprise anyone else either.

2009, Ron A. Kalman