Advice

On Blogging

Several poets blog. So thought I’d share some interesting pieces on blogging that some of my co-workers have been throwing online: “20 Tips for Good Blogging,” by Maria Schneider from The Writer’s Perspective “Best Blog Software for Writers,” also by Maria “What is a blog?,” by Brian A. Klems from Questions...

A very good instructional book for poets

While I don’t want to promise that I’ll be doing a lot of poetry reviews and critiques and such, I think it makes sense for me to share good things when I happen upon them. The current “good thing” I just finished reading is Ted Kooser’s The Poetry Home Repair Manual...

A spoof, a poet, and plenty of jargon

“Three cheers for the epic poetry of jargon,” by Jonathan Guthrie from the Financial Times, applauds the clever use of jargon by businesses to discourage further correspondence with clients. While this kind of “poetry” is great for businesses, it should be stated that poets will likely have the same effect on...

Good poets vote!

Actually, I’m not sure if there is any truth to that statement. I don’t have any official statistics on award winning poets and their voting record. However, I think most good poets are actively engaged in the world around them. And what better way for poets living in the United States...

Anagrammatic Poetry: Emphasizing Letters

Still reading The Best American Poetry 2007, and it’s been slowing up some, because all these different styles of poems always get me trying new things out. For instance, Christian Bok’s poem “Vowels,” in particular, got my experimental brain think-think-thinking. You can read “Vowels” here. In his comments about the poem...

Does Self-Publishing Wreck Poetry Careers?

Received this question via e-mail from poet Liesl Garner: “Last year I performed a poetry show at our local Fringe Festival. I got wonderful reviews, and I am performing a Repeat Performance in October of this year. The Fringe Festival is every Spring, and I plan to participate each year. After...

My Submission Process

Today, I received a nice rejection on some poems I submitted to Thieves Jargon. I also sent out a group of poems to Burnside Review. Since I went through the process of marking a submission and rejection on the same day, I got to thinking about how I submit poems, including...

Pantoum: Long Distance Runners and Poetry

The pantoum is a poetic form originating in Malay where poets write quatrains (4-line stanzas) with an abab rhyme scheme and repeat lines 2 and 4 in the previous stanza as lines 1 and 3 in the next stanza. Poets differ on how to treat the final quatrain: Some poets repeat...

Haiku Revisited

Michael Dylan Welch, who wrote on haiku for the 2005 Poet’s Market, stopped by and offered some great advice in the comments to my “Haiku: Easy or Hard?” post from earlier this week. While it’s probably best to read the comments first-hand, I figured I’d make it easy on people since the advice is...

Poetry Games & When Poetry Becomes a Business

“Kakanipoetry.com Launches Innovative Poetry Game” from daijiworld.com, reports on an interesting and “easy-to-play” poetry game for poets who can read Kakani. ***** “When writing poetry becomes a ‘business'” from The Hindu, looks at Kurdu poets struggling with writing for an audience (or market), instead of for themselves (or for the art)....

Mom Jokes & Insult Poetry

Back in the days of track & field and cross country, the guys and I would be running for literally miles and miles with little to occupy our minds but the joys of breathing and muscle fatigue. Maybe joy isn’t the proper word. Anyway, we would distract ourselves by talking on...

The Importance of Setting Poetry Goals

This is probably a long overdue follow-up to Nancy’s “Published is Published” post from 6/27/07, but late is better than never, right? The whole issue of whether it’s right or wrong for editors to consider poems posted on a blog or forum as published shouldn’t be an issue. Editors have their...

Two Early Morning Submissions

So I got up bright and early this morning to prepare a couple submissions (to The Journal and Black Warrior Review), which I sent out on my way in to work. My submission routine broke apart around the end of February this year, but I’ve been getting back into a rhythm...

Cut IT Out!

If you found “Put THAT Thing Away!” helpful at all, or at least interesting, then you should know another one of my pet peeves is the use of the word “it” in poems. I only became a stickler for “it” in the past few years, and I think my writing has...

Put THAT Thing Away!

Be careful; it’s easy to do. That is, it’s easy to write in a way that overuses that word “that.” Or in other words, it’s easy to overuse the word “that.” Look: I used to be a major offender myself. Of all places, a techincal writing course helped me improve my...

Is reading in public "publishing" your poem?

In the lively discussion regarding Published is Published, the subject of public readings came up. I mentioned in comments (here and on Reb Livingston’s Homeschooled by a Cackling Jackel) that recently I’d heard that a lawyer had advised a poetry group that public readings constituted putting work “out there” in the...

I'm Coming Out of the Closet…

…on how I first got published. Let me know if you’ve heard this one before. Around the age of 16, I noticed an ad in the paper for a FREE poetry contest that offered $500 to the winner. About a year into writing abstract and angst-filled song lyrics that I called poetry,...

Published is Published!

A couple of weeks ago I participated in an editor’s panel at the National Federation of State Poetry Societies Convention in Oklahoma City. My fellow panelists were Madelyn Eastlund (former NFSPS president and editor of Harp-Strings Poetry Journal) and Sandra Soli (a very experienced poetry editor and widely published poet). The three...

Already a Bit of Serendipity

The post office decided to help me out with this blog by delivering a package including Issue 53 (March 2007) of remark.–this issue actually guest-edited by C. Allen Rearick. This very well could be the last acceptance I can point to this year, and I’m not ashamed to admit that my...