About Poetry

Do Poems Need to Be Accessible?

Nov 13, 2017

Response by Neil de la Flor

It's a poem about the transformational power of speaking out in the face of thousands of 'fans' booing you.

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How Transparent Should Poetry Be?

Nov 13, 2017

Essay by Steve Lewis

Only a smattering of folks across the country understand the language, and I’m sorry to say that doesn’t include many academics.

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Kathleen Spivack: Shaping What You Write

Oct 02, 2017

TW Interview by Jennifer Jean

You really have to swim down into yourself when you’re writing, which is why people confuse it all with mental illness.

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Jane Hicks: “I’m a Teacher at Heart”

Feb 15, 2016

TW Interview by Denton Loving

I want to inform students that history didn’t happen in a vacuum and is not confined to events in history books.

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The Usefulness of Poetry

Feb 01, 2016

Essay by Gloria Heffernan

Where does the unpublished writer find the validation to go on writing?

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In Search of Small Stones

Dec 24, 2014

Theme Essay by Carla M. Wilson

Happy holidays from Talking Writing! As a gift to yourself, try the writerly 'New Year's Challenge' offered with this piece.

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Chana Bloch: “The Poem Begins to Shape You”

Dec 17, 2014

TW Interview by Carol Dorf

Whatever kind of poetry you write, it’s hard not to get discouraged.

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Poetry as Prayer

Jan 27, 2014

Theme Essay by Ellen McGrath Smith

I write poetry because it’s what I do, just as frogs croak and mathematicians ponder numbers.

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I Saw Jesus—Now, How Do I Write About It?

Dec 09, 2013

Theme Essay by Jennifer Jean

Schmaltz seems to attach itself to such writing like a leech.

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A Poet Looks for God

Dec 02, 2013

Theme Essay by Cherise Wyneken

My religious faith was a mess. My search through the Gospels fired up doubts about the dogma of my church.

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