Why Poetry?

I don’t quite understand my fascination with poetry. I prefer writing it to reading it; I’m very picky about what poems I enjoy reading. I don’t have a community of people around me who like it. Why can’t I stop writing it? Why can’t I stop reading the ones I like? What’s the draw? What … Continue reading Why Poetry?

Copyright and Making Art Out of Poems

Fun fact: Your poems are automatically copyrighted as soon as you write them down, whether it’s on the back of an envelope, in that fancy cotton-paper notebook, or in your notes app. The words belong to you (for your lifetime plus 70 years) and, legally, unless you give someone the right to publish them (such … Continue reading Copyright and Making Art Out of Poems

Why Writing Prompts Don’t Work (for Me)

If you’re not a writer--first of all, why not?--and second of all, maybe you’re not familiar with the phrase “writing prompts.” You’re familiar with the idea: in school, when you were assigned a topic to write about, that was a prompt. At work, if you ever have to prepare some prose on a given proposal, … Continue reading Why Writing Prompts Don’t Work (for Me)