November 10, 2017

What inspires you to write a poem? 

The sound of a delicious word?  A theme or motif that keeps playing in your brain?  An emotion you are experiencing and want to explore? 

All of these are elements of poetry, and the need to express or play with these ideas is often the first nudge toward something that wants to be a poem.  But once those ideas are harnessed and tussled with, what about how they are placed as words and space on the page?  How can you, as the architect of the poem, master and employ the tools of poetic writing?  How can you become a skilled decision maker when it comes to the technical choices inherent in every poem?  Exploring the answers to the following questions can help. 

How do you decide when to capitalize words in your poems?  Are you intentionally capitalizing every first line, like in blank verse?  Why?  Are you capitalizing every proper noun or the first word in every new sentence?  Why?  Or is your capitalization just whatever th...

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