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Sleep, Night, and all that

I have sleep apnea, and am in the process of getting treatment. Yesterday I saw the sleep doc and gave her one of my cards. “Have you written any poems about sleep?” she asked. “I’d be interested to see them.” I went home and checked. I searched SLEEP and NIGHT in my large Google Docs […]

What we write about

A recent discussion among us Muselings had us musing on subjects to write about. Sice I am reading Natalie Goldberg‘s Writing Down the Bones , in which she suggests generating just such a list, I volunteered to post mine — mine and Natalie’s.  Here it is: What to write about, the list so far Write about a favorite […]

A Few Poems for the Holidays

Saint Nick’s Christmas Excess     One Christmas night,  fat old Saint Nick ate so much roast goose he got  sick, thus was forced to belay that night’s ride in his sleigh, rushed the gifts all to FedEx. How slick.   Next Christmas, when faced with a chimney, hr muttered, “I will not be able […]

Bernadette Meyer’s Writing Experiments

Bernadette Meyer is an avant-guard poet associated with the New York school of poets. http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/bernadette-mayer http://www.nytimes.com/books/00/06/04/specials/koch-ny.html I recently discovered her list of journal and writing experiment ideas:   PEPC LIBRARY Bernadette Mayer’s List of Journal Ideas: Journals of: * dreams * food * finances * writing ideas * love * ideas for architects * city […]

What is a poem?

What is a poem? Do you only believe it’s poetry if it rhymes? Has line and stanza breaks? What about prose poems? Confession time: Yes, yes, I know, poetry is compress language, rich imagery, and prose poems are alive and well. But as for me … Retro However much I beat myself over the head, […]

Using stanzas to enhance your poetry

  A few months back, I took an online songwriting course  with Pat Pattison. The course was given  by http://www.coursera.org an organization that allows anyone to enroll in free, online, university-level courses given through a number of institutions of higher learning. One of the most interesting things I took away from the course was the […]

Using Music to set A Mood

A recent post  on MuseItUp Publishing’s blog on using music  to set a mood set me to considering the subject. Although I don’t usually listen to music when I write — I’m a serious amateur musician and often find myself listening to the music — I do make use of musical references in the poems […]

Writing Narrative Poetry

 A couple of months ago, I signed up for the first of four parts of an online course in mythic structure. We’re now partway through part two, and I find myself working on a long, narrative poem about a warrior who goes to Hell to seek revenge for his slain fellows.  I started this particular poem […]

Boston Marathon

The Boston Marathon turned tragic this past Monday when two bombs went off near the finish line of the race. Two of our kids were downtown when it happened. Both are, thank God, safe, but others were not so lucky. Our hearts go out to all. Boston Marathon Blank page accuses me but I’m wordless, […]

How to Generate Rhymes

I love to write rhymed poetry, and as I have started on another collection of science fiction poetry set in the Aleyne universe, I’m planning to write a fair number of story-poems, a format which lends itself to rhyme. I have my own algorithm for generating rhymes (more about that later), but I also make […]

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