A piece of art, when completed, encapsulates its own reality. As its architect, the artist’s task is to craft it… Read more Does the Artist Matter?
In his two poems, “The Animal Trainer (1)” and “The Animal Trainer (2),” Berryman explores the possible effect of writing… Read more Dualities, Dichotomies and Do-Overs: John Berryman’s “The Animal Trainer”
Poems written in the second person can be complicated for the reader. The “you” to whom the poem is addressed… Read more The Second Person Pronoun in Robert Pinsky: Who is “You”?
In his poem “Horses at midnight without a moon,” Jack Gilbert weaves an ephemeral scene for the reader, accentuated by… Read more Learning from Jack Gilbert
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”
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.
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
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
Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again. The opening sentence of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca has always stayed… Read more Sing me a Story