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Subject: Poetry anyone?
Date Posted: 11/29/2008 3:09 PM ET
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Are there any poets here? I am working on a chapbook of my poetry. Has anyone composed one?

I would be interested in reading others poetry.

Date Posted: 12/15/2008 5:34 PM ET
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I've gotten one poem, titled Ode To Barbara Mandrell on Electic Pen.

It is free form.

I like poetry, but I have not written much.

I like to read  what others have written.

Date Posted: 12/27/2008 3:29 AM ET
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Date Posted: 12/29/2008 6:08 PM ET
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I'm a poet (and have the bank account to prove it :D). I'm working on a chapbook as well, and trying to get into an MFA program for the fall.

Date Posted: 1/4/2009 10:06 PM ET
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I used to write poetry. Won a few awards from my old college for it. But it was during a pretty awkward time in my life that I wrote it - that time has passed, and so has the desire to write it. Now I'm more intrigued on writing a book, something more extensive.

Date Posted: 3/2/2009 6:44 PM ET
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I've writen a few, mostly in high school and posted them on a few websites but I'm far from making a career of it. Mostly, I'm just interested in reading what other people have writen! I was pretty serious about it for awhile,couldn't prodiuce anything worth reading, and have a few reference books on prose I'm currently in the process of getting rid of.

Date Posted: 6/2/2009 9:04 PM ET
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I've written poetry for about eight years now, half of my life, and I enjoy it to the fullest. I haven't written anything new lately for lack of inspiration and because I'm very preoccupied working on a full length book I've been obsessing over for months.  Send a PM if you care to exchange work and conversation.

Date Posted: 6/5/2009 12:54 AM ET
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I write a bit from time to time, but recently I haven't written any. Plus, I have a bad habit of composing a few lines then beginning another poem without finishing it. >_<

Date Posted: 6/5/2009 3:30 PM ET
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Ooh, yes, I love to write poetry. Several years ago I won second place in a national sonnet contest. My Grandfather and father both write poetry, so I guess I got it from them.

I like to use the traditional forms as opposed to free form. My favorite so far is Dactyllic Hexameter. I've written two of those. Anybody written a sestina? Those are really fun too.


Date Posted: 6/20/2009 11:52 AM ET
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I use to write poetry, until someone called me a hack. I lost my desire after that. Was I a hack? *sighs* yeah

Subject: You're singing my song
Date Posted: 6/22/2009 4:11 PM ET
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I co wrote three chap books five/six years ago with a couple other people involved in the Creative Writing group we had in town for a while.  Most of my stuff didn't rhyme, so I didn't feel like a poet-poet, you know?  I too have felt my muse for the writing process mosey away from me in the two years, and it breaks my heart.  For this the time when words should pour out from my fingertips and onto the paper proclaiming my life.  But, alas, it is not.  Good luck on yours.

Sava -
Subject: Hi Sandy!
Date Posted: 7/5/2009 7:06 PM ET
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My husband is a poet. You can read some of his stuff here: www.jameyhecht.com.

He's got a book of poems that just came out a couple of months ago, with a great blurb from Billy Collins:



"Ovid himself might have taken notice of this volume.  It's one thing to turn a woman into a tree, another more advanced thing to transform fifty frames of the Zapruder film into as many sonnets.  LIMOUSINE, MIDNIGHT BLUE is a radical display of poetry's ability to freeze time, to catch fugitive--and here, disputed--moments in the amber of form."
---Billy Collins

It's a really powerful book, and I'm so proud of him!

Date Posted: 8/14/2009 9:00 PM ET
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I wrote a few while finishing high school. They seem so very juvenile. I get ideas for a few lines but never finish them.

Date Posted: 8/17/2009 5:57 PM ET
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Would you critique a poem for me ? Warping roses in soil/ Lulling them to grow/ Shielding them from bitter winds/ From early frost and snow/ So all will rise as fragrant herbs/ A temptress for the tongue/ Searing in a melting pot/ Their scents oozing into one/ Yet from the sweet rosemary/ Intrudes a weed contrary/ A wild rose stands alone/ Refusing to drown/ In home's choral sound/ She leave comfort to claim her own
Date Posted: 8/17/2009 5:59 PM ET
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the first line should be "warping seeds in soil" :)
Date Posted: 8/17/2009 6:00 PM ET
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Date Posted: 8/18/2009 3:19 PM ET
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I have several poems on PBS; the rest I keep at another site.  However, I've never published any, so I don't know how much help I'd be.

Date Posted: 9/9/2009 8:19 AM ET
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i used to write a lot of poems but i can't seem to get into the right mood anymore for it so i usually stick to stories. but i have like 20+ poems and i'm trying to get a book published for it. but i never have the money to order it.

T_T i needs moneys.

Subject: Poetry anyone?
Date Posted: 9/19/2009 6:43 PM ET
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I've published single poems, one in The New Yorker back in the late 70s and my chapbook won an award in 2000.  Poetry doesn't sell: finding a publisher is impossible.  I used to enter contests (chapbook and single poems) hoping that somehow I would get attention, but regardless of the outcome, it became obvious that NO ONE is going to publish a volume of poetry by ANYONE unless the ANYONE has serious connections.  I think vanity press publications are a waste of time and money.  I had a TERRIBLE experience with an e-press with my novel: had to withdraw from the contract because THREE sets of galleys had multiple (and different) huge errors and I thought I'd rather not publish at all than see my novel so scrambled that even I can't recognize it. I've had several short stories win awards and even be published on the Internet: the problem with THAT is copyright infringement: anyone can take your story and call it their own and how would you ever know?

Subject: Poetry anyone?
Date Posted: 2/14/2010 4:37 PM ET
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I write poetry - all kinds, from rhymed to free verse; serious topics to children's/ holiday etc.poems. I have even traveled to Ireland for an internationalpoetry workshop. I have had individual poems published, performed, & read on TV and radio. I also teach writing, with an emphasis on poetry at the elementary - middle school level. I have an extensive collection ofpoetry books. I even give poems as "gifts." I guess you could say I am a "versaholic!" I'd love to correspond & share with other poets. It's hard to get insightful criticism from friends & family, & it's always instructive to get another point of view. My biggest pet peeve is poetry without any sense of rythym! I'm new to this site, so I hope I can connect with other poetry lovers out there!

Date Posted: 2/18/2010 6:29 PM ET
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I've recently been advised to consider getting back into writing poetry. I'm very hesitant since I haven't written poetry since I was a teenager, and look on those works with a certain amount of embarrassment lol. I figure if I try to aim more for prose ala Khalil Gibran's works I might feel a tad more comfortable with it. Rhyming is something I used to enjoy, but lately I've felt more inclined to free verse, sort of jazz bar style. Most of the difficulty I have with writing poetry is the pressure to adhere to current convention. I thought the style of the inaugural poem was horrible, but according to academic reviews it was excellent. I'm not too concerned about publishing poetry, though. I've at least a dozen ideas higher on my list of priorities, and I have yet to make a decent run at turning any of those ideas into something more substantial. With poetry, I just figure if I can get a reaction out of a reader or two I'm successful. I'll burn the other bridges when I come to them ;)

Donna, I know what you mean about rhythm. Bad cadence is about as pleasant as an irregular heart beat.