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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 translations

A good way to sharpen your writing skills is to do translations. Also, there is no better way to come to an understanding of another writer's work. What most people will not tell you is that all translations are inferior. Therefore, you will most likely be attacked by anyone familiar with the poem in its original form. The smart thing to do is to only translate poems written in obscure languages that no one's ever heard of.

2009, Ron A. Kalman