Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Haiku As A Stepping Stone

Hello Poetteers,

In this video, I share how haiku can be a stepping stone to poetry. Fun fact: When I first got into poetry one of my first pieces was writing several haikus to be one long poem. I think that's where I found that poetry form wasn't for me but then being introduced to free verse and seeing it's my style.

Stay inspired, 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Poem: What Is In A Name

What Is In A Name

Your name is the love your parents have for you
it is something you give life to
be as strong as your name
and live it up

Your name has many meanings
of what it is in another language
it connects you to your homeland

It gives others an image that touches their heart
it gives you a love bigger than you

Your name holds your heritage and culture
it holds your heart
it holds you.

Stay inspired,

Monday, June 5, 2017

Blog Hiatus

Hello Poetteers, 

It's Ramadan and summertime! I have decided to take a two month-long break from blogging and social media. I'll be back in August! 

stay inspired, 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Revisit Older Poetry

Hello Poetteers,

Today we are revisiting some of my favorite and most popular posts I’ve done through the years. Some of my most popular posts are my original poetry. I really enjoyed the prompt to write a love letter between two inanimate objects.

As Ramadan is here and bullet journaling is becoming popular, this post is well loved. Here is how the first month of bullet journaling went. If you would love to read more from me, read my poetry book A to Z Poetry. Relive the announcement here.

Thank you,


Thursday, June 1, 2017

June Prompts: Heart to Poetry

Hello Poetteers,

The June prompts are now live!! For these prompts, you can purchase the June Poetry Bundle. Share your poems using #HeartToPoetry and tag me @poetfida. The prompts are weekly, but I gave a few extras to choose and play around with the words. All these prompts are up to your interpretation and creativity.

What the June Poetry Bundle Includes: 
  1. Word prompts
  2. Sentence starters
  3. In-depth questions
  4. Bonus challenge  
Stay inspired,

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Sectioning off Poetry

Hello Poetteers,

Sectioning off your poetry collection can be difficult. The easiest way to section it is by theme or topic. For example, if you have a series of nature poems, group them together. You may have two poems that present opposite ideas but are in conversation with one another, so pair them connection apparent to the reader.

  • It’s a good idea to keep poems together that are written in the same creative period. 
  • Maybe your poetry collection does not even need to be sectioned off if it's one big theme or reads like a story. 
  • Maybe you can get more on the emotions side of the piece use an adjective that describes that set of poems as the section title.
  • Another strategy is a lyric ordering, in which each poem is linked to the previous one, repeating a word, image, subject, or theme. 
  • Order it in a way to create a sense of growth or evolution.
  • Other times I follow one or several emotionally charged poems with one that provides comic or other relief.
  • Other categories include images, speaker, setting, events, issues, color, format; chronology, alphabetically.
  • Lastly, maybe try to make them still appear mysterious to the reader so the reader does not feel they are being told what to expect in each section.

Poetry sections give the breathing space needed. It gives space to the poems and gives the reader a moment to soak it in before moving on to the next.

How do you section your poetry collection?

Stay inspired,

Title Your Poems/Sections/Book with this poetry titles guide

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Poet Rant

Hello Poetteers,

I love finding poetry books from poets I find online. It's kind of disappointing when half the the poems in their books are poems they have shared online before the book is published.

I have to confess I once did the same thing. I'm more conscious of it now.

One or two sneak peeks are fine for promotion but more than that and what's the point of getting the book unless the poet's work is something you read and can read it multiple times. They have to be really good to be able to have that. Some poems I read multiple times and it still surprises you. Other poems I've read once and it's enough for that one time because they are simple. It's hard to explain but I hope it makes sense.

What do you think?