Category Archives: Advice

Poets who write with a strong sense of place: Suggested reading

Back in 2011, Jeremy Richards wrote an essay for The Poetry Foundation website called “A Shifting Sense of Place.” In this essay, he interviewed four contemporary poets whose sense of place, whatever and wherever it might be, is a strong … Continue reading

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Poetry-related gifts you should consider giving this year

Have you finished your holiday shopping? Because whether you’re a beginning or veteran poet, a regular or infrequent reader of poetry, here are some verse-themed gifts that would make great stocking stuffers: Magnetic poetry kits. Have you ever played with … Continue reading

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Motivation and our writing lives: What keeps you going?

It’s November, which means it’s once again time for the biannual Poem A Day Challenge via the Writer’s Digest. The guidelines indicate that the goal is to produce a chapbook-length collection of poems by writing one poem every day throughout … Continue reading

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Not tips, but a state of mind: 10 things emerging writers need to learn (via The Missouri Review)

A while back, I posted some tips for writers new to the process of submitting their work for possible publication. That post did pretty well, in terms of views and shares, and I got some good feedback. But sometimes, it … Continue reading

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Are we still arguing about the ‘use’ of poetry? Yes, according to The Atlantic

The Atlantic published a piece Thursday called “Poetry isn’t as useless as a lot of poets say it is.” I immediately shared the piece with my best writing pal, who said, “Does the author mean, as useless as a lot … Continue reading

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Don’t be a victim of a non-existent affliction: More poetry prompts for the ‘blocked’

I’ve been getting some positive feedback about the Poem of the Month contest — from YDR readers who enjoy seeing the occasional poem in print to people who are just discovering the blog, but also, from the poets who are … Continue reading

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Register with Writer’s Digest for free tips

Last week, I wrote a post offering advice to writers who are considering submitting their poetry to publishers for the first time. It generated a lot of shares and some nice feedback, so I’ll try to write more posts like … Continue reading

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If I knew then what I know now: Advice for poets new to the submissions game

If you’re a poet who is considering sending your work out for publication for the first time, I have some advice for you, for what it’s worth. Well, first, I have congratulations, because it’s a big step. I know how … Continue reading

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Of a poet-tree in Lower Windsor Township, and against cynicism about art

This year more than ever, I’ve encountered some cynicism regarding National Poetry Month. Some of it is really scathing, like a friend’s Facebook status repurposing Eliot’s infamous “April is the cruelest month” line to say he hates NaPoMo because it’s … Continue reading

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How are you active in your literary community? Tips for writers

Many writers I know are attending the annual Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference this week in Boston. I’m jealous. If you’ve been to AWP, you know the book fair alone is worth the trip. Oh, the books. … Continue reading

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