2 thoughts on “Blog: Learning from Bad Poetry

  1. During my second poetry workshop, our instructor gave us a list of things to avoid doing when writing a poem. I have that list taped inside a notebook, and like to review it from time to time. I also had another instructor advise us never to turn in something we had written in 10 minutes, and hadn’t edited.

    I’m so glad you mentioned feedback. There have been many times when I’ve written something–thinking the meaning was obvious–only to find out (from multiple people) that they had no idea what I was talking about. It’s important to not only ask fellow writers, but also people who don’t write (granted, it can be difficult to get more than a “I like it” or “it’s good” from non-writer friends).

    PS- I miss Write Club.

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