Category Archives: Notes on writing

Beginner’s Mind, Pen And Paper

            First, consider the pen you write with, it should be a fast-writing pen — because your thoughts are always faster than your hand. A ball-point and pencil are slow. Go to a stationery store, … Continue reading

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From Anne Sexton’s book, “Transformations”

Long before they were ever written down, poems were organized in lines. Since the invention of the printing press, readers have become increasingly conscious of looking at poems, rather than hearing them, but the function of the poetic line remains … Continue reading

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The Dickinson Dash

In a later edition of Emily Dickinson’s poems, she restores her punctuation. The dashes (and spaces) articulate the line, and create a lovely measure for her thoughts. Her dashes are aural hesitations. They are not merely scribbles. They give her lines … Continue reading

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Vertical Rhyme

Eye rhyme, sight rhyme and visual rhyme involve words that seem to rhyme visually. The spelling of the words is nearly identical. The words may begin differently, but end alike. They may look alike but be pronounced differently. Poets have always … Continue reading

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Raymond Chandler: The Voice of the Mystery Writer

A good story cannot be derived, it can only be distilled…. And it must have a knight, a reluctant and ambiguous knight engaged in an obscure quest for a grail whose value he can never completely articulate. Chandler is a … Continue reading

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Statement of Poetics

In terms of poetic craft, one must not only have an ear for daily speech, but the particularly poetic sense of refining and compressing daily speech into the kind of compact utterance that a poem becomes. My poetry has a sense of … Continue reading

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Elinor Wylie

When Elinor Wylie first appeared on the literary scene in 1921, she was already a public figure. For the next seven years, her public life was less glamorous as she applied herself to the task of writing three books of … Continue reading

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