Saturday, March 24, 2012

Some Ways to Make a Good Poem Better

I'm getting ready for my workshop at The Writers Place in Kansas City this morning, and here is my outline:
Workshop: Jewels, Condors, and Cinnamon: Writing Surprises into Poetry
Writers create new ways of looking at the commonplace, so techniques of creating surprises help draw readers into the exploration of a poem.
  • Clarity is a first principle;
  • Consistency is the second: continuity of voice, form, logic
  •       Writing poetry is the opposite of writing clich├ęs
  •       Writing poetry is a form of travel writing, going beyond the ordinary
  •        "Poetry is to language what ballet is to walking." Valery
        Ways to add excitement are
  • topic,
  • vocabulary,
  • narrative,
  • sentence structure,
  • pacing,
  • sound