I shouldn’t have to be told. Without exception, the word “suddenly” is a waste of space at the beginning of… Read more What To Edit Out: How “Suddenly” Kills Suspense
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Robert Lowell’s poem “Father’s Bedroom,” stands out in Life Studies because it separates from his usual techniques and uses the break… Read more The Power of the Broken Pattern in Robert Lowell’s “Father’s Bedroom”
When you’re a writer, being an introvert is a natural, accepted quality. Actually, it’s encouraged, even celebrated.
I am not a scientist, and I am not going to go on a tangent in which I cite studies, but I can safely say that to the creative brain, the act of chiseling mental chaos into a well-crafted image releases the pressure valve like nothing else. Go too long without that release, and your head is at risk of exploding.
Chiasson takes a persona poem and takes personification to a new level. He makes the character fully formed, with qualities with which the reader relates. Instead of a poem that stretches the imagination to see the world from an elephant’s point of view, this poem goes a step further. He makes the elephant a participant in the world. His ability for expression is not limited to the poet’s imagination, he in fact has a poetic imagination of his own.
Martha Rhodes opens her book, Mother Quiet, with “A Progression,” a poem in an unofficial form based on repetition and… Read more Make Form and Repetition Work for you – “A Progression” by Martha Rhodes
Tango number nineteen in Anne Carson’s The Beauty of the Husband, “A conversation between equals in which nothing is more… Read more What Poets Can Learn From Anne Carson: Poetry Stripped down
I know it’s awkward, but it’s going to be just fine. There’s pretty much one essential rule to bio writing:… Read more How to Write a Bio: The Art of Talking About Yourself in the Third Person
Improving writing, beginning with sentence structure: When taking that second or third pass at revising your piece of writing, consider… Read more “To be,” Considered: Another Editing Tip