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News in Poetry Break the rules
Posted by Ozymandias on Sunday, October 26, 2014 (06:52:29)

“Can’t” is a word that should rarely be applied to poetry. There is very little that “can’t” be done in a poem. The beauty of poetry is that the risks are so low. While it would be stupid of me to say that you “can’t” get on the bestseller’s list with a book of poetry, I can tell you that the market for poetry is significantly smalleR than the market for fiction. You can choose to be saddened or frustrated by this, or you can embrace the minuscule size of the market.Link!

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News in Poetry So you want to write like a poet laureate? 5 poetry tips from Billy Collins
Posted by Ozymandias on Sunday, October 26, 2014 (06:49:33)

Billy Collins has climbed to the top the U.S. poetry scene, serving as the U.S. poet laureate from 2001 until 2003. Over the course of his career he has won numerous awards from being named Poet of the year from Poetry magazine to winning the Mark Twain award for humor in poetry. At the Dodge Poetry festival he talked about the craft of writing poetry. Here are five takeaways from his talk. Link!

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News in Poetry Write a poem that begins and ends with the same word
Posted by Ozymandias on Saturday, October 25, 2014 (04:33:25)

There is nothing wrong with entering poetry contests. It is one way of taking part in the larger world of poetry. It also gives you the motivation to write well and to keep writing. If you win a legitimate contest, it is a great honor. Unfortunately, many contests are not legitimate.Link!

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News in Poetry Urdu is not dying, it is evolving: Pakistani poet
Posted by Ozymandias on Saturday, October 25, 2014 (04:25:17)

Languages depend on social and economic trends in a society for their evolution and Urdu is no exception, said Ata-ul Haq Qasmi, world-renowned Urdu poet, writer and humorist from Pakistan. Link!

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News in Poetry Poetry and medicine go hand in hand
Posted by RZS on Saturday, October 25, 2014 (01:31:13)

Poetry News:

The idea of combining a career as a physician with being a poet should not seem far-fetched. After all, one of America's greatest poets, William Carlos Williams , composed groundbreaking poems while working as a family doctor in New Jersey.



Read the story here!


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News in Poetry Pinsky on poetry: Teachers should 'do no harm,' from Dodge Fest
Posted by Ozymandias on Friday, October 24, 2014 (21:18:37)

“Let’s face it, a lot of harm is done by the schools. We should take the same oath as doctors: Do no harm,” Pinsky, 74, told a theater full of teachers at the Dodge Poetry Festival in Newark on Thursday.Link!

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News in Poetry Write a poem that begins a negative and ends with a positive - 31p31d
Posted by Ozymandias on Thursday, October 23, 2014 (21:27:12)

Poets can be a sensitive lot. In a way, that’s what poets are known for. Unfortunately, it can be a poet’s undoing. Writer’s block, in most cases, is simply a lack of confidence. A person gets so wrapped up in negative self talk, that no matter what they put on the page, it never seems good enough.Link!

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News in Poetry Write a poem that uses at least two different forms of repetition - 31p31d
Posted by Ozymandias on Thursday, October 23, 2014 (08:39:57)

One of the central concepts of poetry is repetition. As poets we repeat sounds, syllables, words, syntax, meters, lines and stanzas. The use of repetition is one of the qualities of poetry that separates it from prose. In prose, repetition is rare and usually done to either increase clarity or to make a single point.Link!

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News in Poetry Write a poem that discusses a real moment in your life without discussing its la
Posted by Ozymandias on Thursday, October 23, 2014 (06:50:08)

The current era of poetry is commonly referred to as the Postmodern Era. Postmodern thought is a complex series of philosophical and literary responses to the post World War II changes in world view and the acceleration of society. It isn’t the sort of thing you can explain in a blog post. I’ve taken entire classes on postmodern thought and I still can’t really explain it. The important thing to remember though, is that postmodernism is greatly concerned with challenging the traditional conventions of thought and communication.Link!

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News in Poetry Poetry to cleanse the senses
Posted by Ozymandias on Thursday, October 23, 2014 (01:57:39)

When school overwhelms me and my senses, I try to clear my head with slam poetry. I know I’ve said this many times before, but listening to this poetry is reminiscent of comfort food. It feeds my soul and reminds me that I’m not alone.Link!

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News in Poetry Subtle humor of haiku's cousin senryu is on a roll
Posted by Ozymandias on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 (21:56:49)

“Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit,” philosophizes the long-winded Polonius in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” That’s also a fitting description of senryū — a form of short poetry defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “a three-line unrhymed Japanese poem structurally similar to haiku, but treating human nature usually in an ironic or satiric vein.”Link!

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News in Poetry Write a poem that follows the three rules of the imagists - 31p31d
Posted by Ozymandias on Thursday, October 16, 2014 (22:47:53)

There are three basic rules that the imagists followed: Direct treatment of the “thing”, whether subjective or objective. To use absolutely no word that does not contribute to the presentation. As regarding rhythm: to compose in sequence of the musical phrase, not in sequence of the metronome. Link!

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News in Poetry Top 10 tips for writing poetry
Posted by Ozymandias on Sunday, October 12, 2014 (22:20:12)

Sir Andrew Motion is an English poet and novelist who was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1999 to 2009. He has been awarded several poetry awards, including the Arvon Prize, the John Llewelyn Rhys Prize and the Dylan Thomas Prize. He was knighted for his services to literature in 2009. Here are his top 10 tips for being a successful poet.Link!

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News in Poetry Nasheed - The 'Voice Only' Islamic Music
Posted by Ozymandias on Saturday, October 11, 2014 (00:36:38)

With the spreading of Islam, the arab culture of poetry also spread as many poems were in praise of the Prophet Muhammad (may peace be upon him). A famous example of this that still lives on today in many variations is the ‘Qasida Burda’Link!

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News in Poetry Meditate and then write a poem
Posted by Ozymandias on Monday, October 06, 2014 (03:00:41)

Take at least five minutes to meditate in a quite room free of outside influences before you write today’s poem. Try to clear your head of stray thoughts. Once you feel like you are clear and calm, write your poem. Let the topic be about whatever comes to mind after your meditation. If you have never meditated before, simply sit in a chair with your eyes closed and try to relax.Link!

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News in Poetry Write poetry as often as you can
Posted by Ozymandias on Saturday, September 27, 2014 (22:34:56)

This is a problem faced by all sorts of writers, poets included. There are many people in this world who think that they can be a poet or a writer.Link!

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News in Poetry The challenges of imagery in your poetry
Posted by Ozymandias on Thursday, September 25, 2014 (22:38:48)

No matter how well you write, most people will take away only bits and pieces of your poems. There are very few readers who memorize or even understand a poem in its entirety. If you are lucky enough to have your poem remembered at all, chances are that only one element of your poem will sink in with your reader. That element may not mean to them what it means to you.Link!

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News in Poetry Colorado poet gives aspiring writers valuable advice
Posted by Ozymandias on Thursday, September 25, 2014 (03:40:51)

Poet and University of Colorado-Boulder English professor, Ruth Ellen Kocher, was willing to reveal valuable information regarding her style at a poetry reading last week co-hosted by Illinois State University’s Creative Writing Program and Publications Unit.Link!

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News in Poetry Read poetry if you write poetry
Posted by Ozymandias on Saturday, September 20, 2014 (01:33:26)

In order to comprehend the art of poetry, a person needs to study it. Just as a painter studies the old masters and the newest techniques, a poet must do the same. Poetry has been around as long as there has been writing. You can read poems that are over a thousand years old. You can also read poems that were posted to a website moments before. The key is to read, and to study. Get to know the poetry that is around you.Link!

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News in Poetry Leave love out of your poem's title
Posted by Ozymandias on Friday, September 19, 2014 (02:43:30)

A poem with Love in the title (or Destiny, Hate, or other HUGE themes) already has two strikes against it (and I like love poems).Link!

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News in Poetry Feel free to write a bad poem
Posted by Ozymandias on Monday, September 15, 2014 (02:06:41)

One of the most severe problems poets face is perfectionism. Too many poets and aspiring poets feel they have to write a great poem every time they write a poem. They get frustrated when something doesn’t work or they don’t bother to write at all because they just don’t feel “inspired”. This sort of thinking destroys creativity. It stops many poets, and many other writers, from even putting the first word on the page.Link!

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News in Poetry Don't explain everything in your poem
Posted by Ozymandias on Saturday, September 13, 2014 (00:09:44)

Poetry does not have to be expository. A poet can explain, but it isn’t necessary to the form. In many cases exposition can be a detriment. One of the beauties of poetry is that a poet can and should cut out everything that isn’t essential. Link!

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News in Poetry Doctors Writing Poetry
Posted by Ozymandias on Friday, September 12, 2014 (00:47:00)

When we think of doctors writing, we tend to picture illegible prescriptions, not lines of poetry. And yet, increasingly, surgeons and neurologists are producing poems, novels, plays and creative nonfiction, in addition to opinion pieces about current medical issues. Link!

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News in Poetry The worker of poetry
Posted by chameleon on Thursday, September 11, 2014 (15:59:41)

Why did Muktibodh become uniquely significant in the summer of 1964? Why did almost all the weeklies, monthlies and dailies start introducing him to their readers?" Fifty years ago, Shamsher Bahadur Singh asked this question in the preface to Chand Ka Munh Tedha Hai, the first anthology of the poems of Muktibodh. Muktibodh was then in a coma, having been brought to Delhi from Rajnandgaon, a small town in Chhattisgarh, by his young writer comrades - Harishankar Parsai, Shrikant Verma and Ashok Vajpeyi - in a desperate, last-ditch attempt to save their beloved elder poet.

Read the fascinating discussion of the poet Muktibodh and the significance of poetry as work at The Indian Express!


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News in Poetry Hickenlooper names Joseph Hutchison Colorado's eighth poet laureate
Posted by zhaul on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 (17:42:55)

Poetry News: Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Hutchison's appointment Tuesday on the steps of the Capitol, touting the Colorado native as a man who appreciates his surroundings and can encompass the essence of the state. "Poetry speaks to every aspect of our lives," Hutchison said.

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