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?

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

Wading in sameness

Lately I’ve noticed a surge of statistics and articles on increasing popularity, discoverability, readability. This idea also seems to be trickling down into the creative writing world, especially poetry. It seems that content is being replaced by style, message by findability. Ok, so this isn’t new, but the sheer volume of noise behind the movement … Continue reading Wading in sameness