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Great Openings in Poetry

Instead of telling you of my trials and tribulations pertaining to the writing of multiple poems per week, I thought instead I’d discuss some of my influences – a poet whose work I admire, a poet I read for inspiration, a poet who piss me off because I will never, ever be able to turn a phrase as elegantly as he does. Some poets I admire because of the way they open a poem, the…

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Poem Analysis – Taming the Wild Verse

Faced with a daunting task, you whip out your sword and poke tentatively at the page. The poem rears back like a cobra and strikes, rapping your knuckles and yanking the blade from your numb fingers. Defenseless, you stand and accept the myriad of paper cuts dished out by the sneering paper. Reading a poem isn’t that bad. Really. You are an adult now and can read a poem for pleasure instead of an English…

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