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So I asked my youngest son, What makes a poem a poem? April 30, 2012: And here is what he said: I love his answer, even though I don’t agree with all of it. I love his confidence that all poems tell stories, that poems have “tricky words,” that poems [...] by

When the Source of Poetry is not Poetry (4 of 4) April 17, 2012: Non-poetry sources round up: For my first book, I worked a lot off of Erich Auerbach’s Mimesis. Using some of his vocabulary, some of his themes. Overall, the book was heavily influenced by my [...] by

When the Source of Poetry is not Poetry (3 of 4) April 17, 2012: Non-poetry sources round up: Nick Cave: Not his lyrics especially, nor his compositions particularly. It’s his manner, his privileging affect over all else – lust, murderous rage, [...] by

When the Source of Poetry is Not Poetry (2 of 4) April 17, 2012: Non-poetry sources round up: Since May 2009, I have experimented with using the stock market as a “source” for my poems. At the time, I was trying to write in response to the financial [...] by

When the Source of Poetry is not Poetry (1 of 4) April 17, 2012: I’m interested in the edge between poetry and prose, between poetry and everything that is not-poetry. I love poetry but often all I want to do is read not-poetry and often my poems come from [...] by

What Kind of Poetry Do You Write (2 of 2) April 12, 2012: I write what might best be described as new vintage poetry. Despite my love affair with the renaissance and the late victorians, I am still a modern gal who likes her iPhone, linen trousers, Fluevogs [...] by

What Kind of Poetry Do You Write? (1 of 2) April 12, 2012: “I think it’s important for poets to occasionally try to articulate ‘what kind’ of poetry they write,” I wrote in a recent Harriet post, but, like most writers, I hate [...] by

How to Win at Guess My Poet and other IMPORTANT POETRY OBSERVATIONS April 9, 2012: 1. Gauge your difficulty level & know your audience. When playing “Guess My Superhero” with my youngest son I’ve learned (the hard way) to ask early on, “Have I ever heard of this [...] by

GUESS MY POET: Starting to Talk about Characteristic-ness April 6, 2012: I’ve been married for almost 15 years. That makes it easy difficult for my husband to find ways to make me happy. One of his recent strategies is “Guess My Poet.” “Guess My Poet” is a [...] by

Don’t Read This Post (Confessions of a Failed Blogger) April 4, 2012: I love the idea of blogging for Hariet. I love having an audience. I appreciate getting a little money (I’d appreciate more more if you were wondering, PF), and I am the kind of writer who almost [...] by