Don’t follow in the footsteps of the old poet, seek what they sought.
My pencils outlast their erasers.
A poet once suggested that poems need 3 elements, properly balanced: the physical, the intellectual, and the emotional. I think that’s an extremely useful guide, and might add a fourth: the spiritual, or presence of duende.
Download a pdf on how to edit a poem.
Thoughts on Critique:
Download "What to Look for in a Poem"
Download some questions I might ask of a poem.
Download "On Workshopping a Poem."
Download the Rhetorical Devices updated workshop rules.
Books & Links
- 100 Thousand Poets for Change
- Kim Addonizio and Dorianne Laux The Poet's Companion
- American Poetry Review (magazine)
- Artist Trust (writing & art)
- Margaret Atwood, Negotiating with the Dead
- Robin Behn and Chase Twichell, The Practice of Poetry
- DAVID BIESPIEL’S POETRY WIRE: 10 THINGS SUCCESSFUL POETS DO
- Adam Levron Brown, calls for submissions
- CLMP Readers Directory of Independent Literary Presses
- J. C. Cooper, An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Traditional Symbols
- a dictionary or two from several time periods including current
- an on-line dictionary/thesarus www.dictionary.com
- Stephen Dobyns, Best Words, Best Order: Essays on Poetry
- duotrope (submissions: leads and tracking)
- Reginald Gibbons (ed), The Poet's Work: 29 Poets on the Origins and Practice of Their Art
- Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones
- Diana Hacker, A Pocket Style Manual
- Jane Hirsfield, Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry, Essays
- Trish Hopkinson (calls for submissions)
- Denise Levertov, New & Selected Essays (her essay on the line is not to be missed)
- The Line Break: A Wine and Poetry Blog (all the book publishers in the world, open readings for book lenght manuscripts)
- "The The Impotence of Proofreading," by TAYLOR MALI a fabulous you-tube video
- Math Symbols/Technical Definitions whatis.techtarget.com
- Robert McKee, Story: Style, Structure, Substance, and the Principles of Screenwriting (also a screenwriting seminar)
- Stephen Minot, Three Genres: Writing Fiction/Literary Nonfiction, Poetry, and Drama
- NewPages (news, information, and guides to literary magazines, independent publishers, creative writing programs, alternative periodicals, indie bookstores, writing contests, and more.
- Poet’s and Writers (magazine)
- Poetry (magazine)
- writer's digest, Poet's Market 2017: The Most Trusted Guide for Publishing Poetry
- Ralan (resources for speculative fiction and humor)
- Roget’s, Super Thesarus
- Zack Rogow's Advice for Writers
- Harvey Stanbrough, Punctuation for Writers: A Thorough Primer for Writers of Fiction and Essays
- Harvey Stanbrough, Writing Realistic Dialogue & Flash Fiction
- Mark Strand and Eavan Boland, The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Form
- a visual dictionary www.visualdictionaryonline.com www.visualdictionaryonline.com/ (connects words to pictures)
- a visual thesaurus www.visualthesaurus.com (an interactive dictionary and thesaurus which creates word maps that blossom with meanings and branch to related words)
- Miller Williams, Patterns of Poetry: An Encyclopedia of Forms
- www.winningwriters.com (best free writing contests)
- AWP The Association of Writers & Writing Programs
- Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) The Literary Press and Magazine Directory
- Hedgebrook: Women Authoring Change
- Lane Literary Guild
- National Federation of State Poetry Societies (NFSPS) - their website desperately needs an upgrade BUT it does have some valuable information
- National Writer’s Union
- Oregon Poetry Association (OPA)
- Oregon Writer's Colony
- Pacific Northwest Writers (PNWA)
- Science Fiction Poetry Association (SFPA)
- Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA)
- Willamette Writers
Reading Series/Open Mics/Slams:
These are just markers, I'm still fleshing this section out:
Burnin' Down the Barnes, Eugene, OR, co-hosts Charles Castle and C. Steven Blue
David Cook's reading series
Duane Kirby Jensen's series
Lane Writer's Reading Series
Peregrine Literary Series, Lake Oswego, OR, hosted by Joan Maiers
Poetry for the People: 3rd Saturday Reading Series, Eugene, OR, co-hosts Roy R. Seitz and Laura LeHew
Stonehenge, Portland, OR host Leah Stenson
Michael Dylan Walsh
Windfall, Eugene, OR, co-hosts Keli Osborn and Tom Titus
Missing anything? Additional comments? Something you'd love to see on this page? Send me the details.