Swinging for the Fences

Marketing poetry isn't simple math. It's a word problem. You show your work, and the teacher in you is either satisfied or not. Lately I have yearned for more, meaning the math has shifted such that I am studying that old Indian concept of zero. That's right. No longer satisfied with placing poems in this …

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The Top 3 Posts of All Time

... all time being since this blog began, that is. I must admit that I began this venture more for the business side of poetry. As the new saying goes, creating a blog would make me a "brand" like "Kelloggs" and readers would click, click, click to buy my books of poetry, poetry, poetry (Editor's …

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“The General, Big-Bearded Arrogance of Certainty.” And Then There’s Poetry.

As a subscriber to Poetry, I admit to enjoying the essays in the back section as much as or, some months, more than the poetry up front. I'm still safe at the plate, however, as the essays are about poetry. The May issue features Poetry's well-advised fourth installment of exchanges with England's estimable Poetry Review. …

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Another One of Those “Random Thoughts” Posts…

Random Thoughts, Early May Edition: I just read about this guy, scientist and entrepreneur Joe Betts-Lacroix, who says the antiaging business is “an $8 billion industry of stuff that doesn’t work.” Maybe poets should write poems about anti-aging research. They may not work, but they'll pay well. You know you've made it if you're referred to …

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Damned* Adjectives II: The Sequel

Yesterday's game was such a mad success with online poet-gamers and poet-grammar lovers (in both cases, their numbers are legion) that I thought I'd follow up with a contemporary poet, the wildly creative Dean Young. The first version of his poem below, "Hammer," features highlighted adjectives. Some of them are his adjectives and belong. Some …

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Damned* Adjectives (Again)

It's easy--too easy--to damn adjectives all to hell and preach the Word: Thou shalt scorn both adjectives and their brothers-in-crime, adverbs, when writing and revising poems. But the truth of the matter is less black and white and more perplexingly gray. So assign your poet writers-to-be (or, more wisely, yourself) the task of writing poems …

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