Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Curse in Poetry

Hello Poetteers,

I don’t curse in my own poems and don't like reading it in other poems. In other poems, I may give an exception.

Curses in poetry take away from the poem. I skip over it. They feel like something extra. It's unnecessary. I don't like it but there are exceptions to that. If there is a reason for it and I can't see the poem without it then the cursing is okay.

It sometimes works in spoken word. Curses have to be used sparsely. More than three is too much. Curses may give raw emotion or add emphasis the poem needs to show emotion. There are pieces where cursing fit the author's voice.

Comment: What do you think about cursing in poetry?

Read More: Putting my Beliefs in Poetry | Poet Confessions

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Empowering Poems

Hello Poetteers,

For today's top ten Tuesday I'm sharing ten empowering poems. There are many more out there for you to find. Keep the hope and the fire in your hearts. 

Find B. Oakman on Instagram. 

Find Anna on Instagram . 

Find Ava on Instagram. 

Find Rupi Kaur on Instagram. 

Find Lang Leav on Instagram. 

Find Christina on Instagram.  

Find Salma on Instagram. 

Find Alison on Instagram. 

Find J.R. Rogue on Instagram. 

Find me on Instagram

Stay inspired,

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Hack Your Poetry

Hello Poetteers,

Writing and editing poetry can be simple. You can "hack" poetry. Download the PDF for future reference to use as a checklist.

Writing Poetry Hacks
  • Start with a title: I haven't tried it, so I don't know if it works.
  • Write a "found" poem: take words, phrases, & passages from other sources & reframing them as poetry.
  • Word association exercise: pick a word and write everything that comes to mind. Pick your favorites and rearrange into a poem.
  • Choose to write a shape poem. You will already have a subject & visually appealing.
  • Acrostic: Write about the word you choose and you already have a title. 
  • Book Spine Poetry: pick several book titles and arrange them into a poem.
  • "Transcribing poetry from admired masters can help, too, I've found. It's more visceral than reading." from @abetterjulie.
  • Situate yourself away from noise and distractions. 

Editing Poetry Hacks
  • Read aloud.
  • Try removing or moving around stanzas. Start reading without the first line. In the second read, read without the first stanza and go from there. Repeat until you've reached the end of the poem. Sometimes the first stanza stays or I remove it because my poem ends differently than how it started.
  • Replace or rearrange words.
  • Go through and try to get rid of any extra adverbs. They mean you need stronger verbs. 
Do you know of any poetry hacks I haven't mentioned? 

Stay inspired, 

Read More: Poetry Hacks

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Poetry Read & To Be Read

Hello Poetteers,

I ended and started the year well with reading. I've been enjoying my poetry finds. I'm about to read:
I'm currently reading:

I recently finished reading (My poetry reads of 2016):
What poetry books have you read/currently reading/will read?

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Poet Confessions

Hello Poetteers,

Over on Instagram, I’ve started a new series of sharing my poet confessions.
  1. When I first started writing poetry I didn't read much poetry. 
  2. Before last fall, I never wrote a sonnet. 
  3. I got a poem published in my high school lit magazine and afterward, I noticed a big spelling error. 
  4. I almost never rhyme in my poems. 
  5. I don't memorize my poems. 
  6. I search my own poems for verses to make sure I actually wrote them. 
  7. Sometimes I struggle to finish writing a poem. 
  8. Other times I can write a good poem in one try. 
  9. I don't curse in my poems. 
What is one of your poet confessions?

Stay inspired,


Read More: Never Wrote A Sonnet Part 1 | Part 2

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Get Focused!

Hello Poetteers,

As we welcome in the new year, our focus should be our main priority.

1. Keep a pen near by and a notebook open
As writers we constantly have new ideas. Without having a place to put them we may forget them and trying to remember them will make us lose focus.

2. Go to a quiet room
Working in a quiet area will lessen the distractions. Only listen to music if it pumps you up to work.

3. Meditation
Meditating will help us visualize our day and to constantly let go of thoughts instead of staying hung up on them. 

stay inspired,