The cat forgotten on the moon.

~ Wednesday, April 16 ~
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First-person-confessional-writer problems:

When something you wrote about a family member gets published, do you share it with them or not?

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~ Monday, April 1 ~
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poetsorg:

Throughout National Poetry Month, we’ll be featuring a letter/postcard of advice from 30 Poets. Today’s is from former Chancellor Rita Dove. 

poetsorg:

Throughout National Poetry Month, we’ll be featuring a letter/postcard of advice from 30 Poets. Today’s is from former Chancellor Rita Dove

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~ Saturday, September 17 ~
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I write only because there is a voice within me that will not be still.
— Sylvia Plath, 1948. (via qtheq)
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~ Wednesday, September 7 ~
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~ Tuesday, July 12 ~
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~ Monday, May 2 ~
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This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety. Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes, when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals–sounds that say listen to this, it is important.
— Gary Provost, quoted in Roy Peter Clark’s Writing Tools

(Source: robmacdougall.org)

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~ Wednesday, April 27 ~
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Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before.
— Audre Lorde
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~ Friday, April 15 ~
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Now I must get back to working on a poem I have no hope for because it is important to keep writing even when you aren’t writing worth shit. There’s a lot of luck involved in being struck by lightning, so you you want to make sure you’re holding a pen when it happens.
— Dean Young, in a letter to his nephew.
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~ Wednesday, April 6 ~
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I don’t look on poetry as closed works. I feel they’re going on all the time in my head and I occasionally snip off a length.
— John Ashbery, London Times (23 Aug 1984)
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