“Poems Hide”

The single most common question posed to poets is this: "Where on earth do you get your ideas?" One would be tempted to answer, "Poughkeepsie" or "Peru," but it's much simpler than that. A working poet who pays no mind to such myths as "block" gets his ideas from those rare bits known as "what's … Continue reading “Poems Hide”

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If Every Word Is Suspect, Your Writing Will Be Arresting

Here's something I learned from the late Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska: If every word is suspect, your writing will be arresting. What does this mean? It means writing--especially poetry writing--cannot always be a prisoner of denotation. Of course, specific language serves the creative writer's purposes for imagery, but there has to be more: not only … Continue reading If Every Word Is Suspect, Your Writing Will Be Arresting