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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Poets Helping Poets Helping Poetry

Although we only have one more day of National Poetry Month, poets and poetry lovers can keep the love going by working toward a more poetry-friendly world. How?

Subscribe to poetry journals.

Buy poetry books and anthologies of poetry.

Regularly read poetry, preferably out loud.

Analyze poetic techniques. See what works and why.

Revise any of your poems that seem unfinished or have not placed.

Submit a batch of 3 to 5 finished poems to a respected journal or e-zine.

Submit another batch to another publication that has the good sense to publish poetry.

If a batch of poems keeps coming back or you’re not sure how to improve your work, get professional feedback from The Poetry Editor http://www.thepoetryeditor.com. ]

Give poetry readings of your published poems or of well-written poetry by others, such as the works of Pulitzer Prize-winning poets or classical poems in the public domain.

When you have a good understanding of poetic techniques and have placed your poems with traditional print or online publishers, consider reviewing your favorite books of poems by other poets.

Begin with brief reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or other Internet bookshops. As you gain confidence in writing poetry reviews, notice which journals publish reviews you like. Approach journal editors with a sample review. Let them know you’re interested in reviewing books of poetry they most likely have on hand.

If you have not yet studied poetry, begin! You'll not only learn the names of poetic techniques you've been using instinctively, you'll then be able to put those techniques into practice on purpose as you revise.

Order the poet-friendly book, Poetry: Taking Its Course, from The Poetry Editor website. With the book as your text and a one-on-one critique for each assignment, you can have a private class in poetry.

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