Category Archives: Poetry

Our Latest Assignment

Our poetry and fiction class assignment this week is to tell “a story without any of the usual narrative devices of linear plot or character development.” In other words, as I understand it, to use sentence fragments, from which the reader will … Continue reading

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Poets&Writers

Poets&Writers is to the literary writing community what Writers Market is to the commercial writing community. The two sites overlap in their mission here and there but the comparison mostly holds. Our mission? To foster the professional development of poets … Continue reading

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Experiment In Terror

I’m writing my first page length poem for the Writers Studio course I am taking. (internal link) This initial assignment won’t be critiqued but that doesn’t put me at rest. I’m concerned that people won’t know it’s my first long … Continue reading

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Taking an Online Course in Writing Poetry and Fiction Through the Writers Studio

For ten weeks I am going to try to learn basic steps in writing poetry and fiction. This is new to me. The online course I have signed up for is offered through the Writers Studio, which is based in Greenwich Village. … Continue reading

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Open Yale Courses: The World Awaits

Do you know about Open Yale Courses? I’m just finding out. They present a variety of subjects for anyone to view without fees or registration. It’s a marvelous resource. Consider the lectures on English modern poetry. Not only do you … Continue reading

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Was Dylan a Beat Poet?

Bob Dylan hated being categorized and still does. He was many things at many times. In writing Subterranean Homesick Blues he was clearly a beat poet. Allen Ginsberg is in the background. Note how the flashcards don’t always match the lyrics. … Continue reading

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Howl, Ginsberg, and Kerouac

“Howl” is a long, difficult poem with as many references as “The Wasteland.” It journeys  throughout America and beyond, a poetical version of road books which followed, those written by Kerouac and others. I am only now starting to read “Howl.” Ginsberg … Continue reading

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