My Adventures at the Tucson Festival of Books

The Tucson Festival of Books was a great event. I didn’t get to spend as much timer there as I had originally intended, but it was nice to walk around and see how many people in the area are interested in books. I got to take part in a poetry slam, though it wasn’t a true slam so much as an open mike since we didn’t have a lot of people who were bold enough to compete. I wasn’t planning on attending, so I had to read some poems off of my iPod. It was a little awkward, but looking … Continue reading My Adventures at the Tucson Festival of Books

Reasons to Start Your Own Blog: You control the conversation

One of the best things about having your own blog is that you decide what to talk about. You can use your blog to explore a single topic or you can use it to discuss a wide range of things you care about. There are few platforms in this world that give you more freedom to express yourself. One of the beauties of the web is that there is always someone out who cares about the same things. They may not agree with you, but they care enough to comment or at least read what you have to say. Your … Continue reading Reasons to Start Your Own Blog: You control the conversation

30 Poems in 30 Days Index

Below is an index to the 2009 30 Poems in 30 Days Project. 30 Poems in 30 Days 2009: Day One 30 Poems in 30 Days 2009: Day Two 30 Poems in 30 Days 2009: Day Three 30 Poems in 30 Days 2009: Day Four 30 Poems in 30 Days 2009: Day Five 30 Poems in 30 Days 2009: Day Six 30 Poems in 30 Days 2009: Day Seven 30 Poems in 30 Days 2009: Day Eight 30 Poems in 30 Days 2009: Day Nine 30 Poems in 30 Days 2009: Day Ten 30 Poems in 30 Days 2009: Day … Continue reading 30 Poems in 30 Days Index

Write a poem about the end of something

Today is the final day of our Thirty Poems in Thirty Days project. Thank you to everyone who participated. It has been a great month. I hope that it prompted you to write some poems, to read some poems, and to think about poetry. After you finish today’s poem, take some time and look back on the poems that you have written this month. Take a little time to be proud of yourself.  Writing poetry is an accomplishment, and writing thirty poems in a month is a great accomplishment. I want to pass on some final wisdom and inspiration before … Continue reading Write a poem about the end of something

Write a poem that gets shorter with each line

We are near the end of this project. Most of our days are behind us and it is time for that final push to get to the finish line. Today is a good day to write poetry. Whether it is clear or raining, calm or exciting, joyful or depressing, this is a good day to write poetry. It is a good day to say what you have to say. I don’t want to get in your way. There are so many good reasons to write poetry: Because it makes you happy Because it makes you think Because it helps you … Continue reading Write a poem that gets shorter with each line

Pick two or three words from one poem and use them to start another poem

Rosemary Nissen-Wade asked who my favorite poets are, and why. That reminded me of a poet I wanted to pay my respects to on this blog. When I was a creative writing student back in the late eighties, a series of unlikely events landed me in the poetry class of Peter Wild. I had not expected to be there. I had signed up for a Literature in Film class and I had already fulfilled my poetry writing requirement, but somehow all paths led to his class. It was where I was supposed to be. Peter Wild was the most demanding … Continue reading Pick two or three words from one poem and use them to start another poem

Add adnomination to your poetry

Playing with language is one of the more entertaining and challenging aspects of writing poetry. There are so many ways to play with words: rhyme, alliteration, assonance, puns, meter, obscure words, nonsense words, and so on. Today I thought I would introduce one trick that you may already practice without knowing the name for it. Adnomination is a poetic device in which you take a morpheme (a root meaning that is shared by many words) and use it in multiple(often opposing) ways. A good example of a morpheme that can be used in this way is the word time. Time … Continue reading Add adnomination to your poetry

Write a poem about a natural event

Nature is one of the oldest and most persistent themes in poetry. There are many poetry forms that are specifically for meditating on and commenting about nature, such as the Pastoral and the Eclogue. It is an ancient topic, but one that remains relevant even in contemporary times. Today’s nature poems are often about the destruction of nature at the hands of society. Even this is not a particularly new theme, but because of such fears as global warming, it remains a popular and relevant thee. Here are a few things to remember when writing about nature. Because it is … Continue reading Write a poem about a natural event

Write a poem as that uses every letter of the alphabet at least once

I am feeling extremely random today. I am filled with brief thoughts but cannot seem to paste them together into a coherent article. Time keeps passing and I know people want their prompts. Anyone who blogs knows that this can only result in a list post. So without further ado: Six random thoughts about poetry: You should buy at least four new books by current poets each year. It isn’t that much money and it helps support poetry. If you ever write a book you will want other people to buy it, so the least you can do is help … Continue reading Write a poem as that uses every letter of the alphabet at least once

Write a poem that begins with the word “I”

Most of the poems I write are based on my life and my experiences. For me, poetry is a type of journaling. This isn’t true for every poem. Some poems are fantasy, fiction and fun. In the end though, most are about me in some way or another, even if they aren’t entirely based on my real life. I am a character in my poems. Because of this, the people who read my poems see pieces of my life, real or imagined. They form opinions about me, my attitudes, and my life. Some people may form a negative opinion of … Continue reading Write a poem that begins with the word “I”