Why do you write poetry?

The question “why” is always loaded, especially when it deals with poetry. The inquirer always expects a lofty response. “I write poetry to satisfy my muse…”“I must write poetry, it comes from my soul…”“Poetry is the true language…” To me, any answer like this, or anything flowery, contrite, haughty, misses the point. Poetry is not … Continue reading Why do you write poetry?

Voice Over Everything

The most important aspect of writing is voice: that feel, sound, or signature thing that makes a piece identifiable as a particular writer’s work. Inevitably a writer just starting out will copy a mentor’s voice — subconsciously or not — to start understanding what makes it interesting. Then, through craft, experience, more reading, more experimenting with different … Continue reading Voice Over Everything

Circles, Silos, Niches

Creative writing for the likeminded — and ONLY the likeminded I sometimes take the opportunity to rant. This is a rant. It appears that the entire intent of ‘literature’ and ‘poetry’ is to create and define niches. Because the world — read: virtual world — is so vast, everyone is trying to cut a little … Continue reading Circles, Silos, Niches

Never erase

We have always been told to learn from our mistakes. It’s a simple enough concept: don’t repeat things that don’t work or things that are bad for you. Wear shoes when you walk on gravel. Don’t stick your tongue to the pole in the schoolyard in winter. Simple. When it comes to writing, the concept … Continue reading Never erase