The audience awaits. Reading a newly created written work out aloud is paramount; to yourself, if to no one else. Where possible, as an integral part of the creative process, you should read it out at a workshop or in front of others. This can be daunting for a beginner. In this month’s blog, I … Continue reading Page or Stage?
“What an amazing poem!” The appreciation of poetry is subjective. Where one reader may say what a great poem it is, another stares blankly. What is longlisted in one competition may be a winner in another. A poem should speak to the heart and the mind, but everyone has had different life experiences that make … Continue reading Giving Feedback on Poetry
You can create in grand isolation. You can write in any style you wish, but if you want to get poems published these days you should read a wide range of contemporary poetry beforehand. Not just read, but inwardly digest. Try to evaluate how a poem works. This is a process from which you can … Continue reading Critical Reading of Poems