Why Do You Write? Seven Reasons

It was good to receive the holiday Poets & Writers “Inspiration Issue,” which includes inspiring interviews with seven established poets, none of whom look anything like me (instead, I sadly look like the Powers-That-Be I loathe in Washington Swamp. C., making me feel like an Ugly Duckling on the Good Pond Poetry, one who can …

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I Give Up

It's well-known that poets are blind when it comes to their own poetry. They can't tell good from bad because they're married to it. But what about major-league poets' poetry? When you can't tell good from bad there, you're in a world of trouble. Or maybe that's the nature of poetry. For Exhibit A, we …

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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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Poems To Be Experienced, Not Deciphered

I've been mildly critical of Poetry at times, but today I come to praise its pages. Editor Don Share has started an occasional series called "The View from Here" wherein people from various fields write their personal thoughts on poetry. There are five such essays in the October 2017 issue, and one by Kate Dwyer, a …

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When “Required Reading” Is a Good Thing

In the back of the journal Copper Nickel there is a feature called "Required Reading." Usually those words bring fear and loathing to mind (we were students for years, after all), but in this case it is recommended reading from each author published in that issue of the journal for you, the gentle reader. What …

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