I know some prefer to tap or scribble their way into a new piece of writing without forethought. Some are lucky enough to capture a stream of consciousness that can be edited into an original work. However, a period of reflection benefits my writing enormously, allowing me to find an angle on some initial idea. … Continue reading Strategies for Writing a New Poem
In last month’s blog, I covered a range of definitions of where sonnets gather together in ones, twos and larger herds. Now let’s look at coherence between them. FAMILIAL TIES As with any creation in any medium there is a balance to be found within sequences between variety and coherence. Variety may be engendered through: … Continue reading Sonnet Sequences – Part Two
I note that my website currently declares me as a writer of sonnets, and that whilst this was an early admission that perhaps I could not yet justify calling myself “a poet”, there was some deft logic behind it. This blog series is about sonnets. Many of the poems I write are guided by this … Continue reading Writer or Poet?
When is a poem finished? The decision on whether your poem is complete depends on who is involved. By “complete”, I do not mean perfect, but stable such that no further changes may be foreseen by those persons it is reviewed by. These persons may be the author, trusted readers, workshop participants, editors, or the … Continue reading When is a poem finished?