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Reblogged: Why “Just write” isn’t exactly sophisticated advice, by Miriam Sagan

My “virtual guest-blogger” today is the wise and wonderful Miriam Sagan, who provides thoughtful insight into why “Just write!” — a common bit of writing advice — isn’t the universal writers’ panacea that many suppose it to be.  ;- )

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Why “Just Write” Isn’t Exactly Sophisticated Advice

Although I’ve benefited from this advice—and no doubt given it—I’m starting to think it isn’t specific enough. And that’s because advice could be more tailored to who the writer is:

1. A professional or well-trained writer who feels “blocked.”
2. A person who has “always wanted” to be a writer.
3. Someone suffering from writing anxiety.

I have no idea how I learned to write. I can create a romantic version of my experience—dyslexic failing elementary school, strict but kind teacher, discovering poetry, etc. etc. But this may all be hindsight.

And so, “just write” may be good for the person who knows how to write but just can’t at the moment. This approach tends to the quick and spontaneous, to overriding self criticism, and to productivity. However, as a person who “wrote” at least three failed novels, I can say that filling…

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Reblogged: In times of trouble, by Annette Makino

My “virtual guest-blogger” today is the outstanding artist / poet Annette Makino, who expresses a positive way forward in these trouble-laden times with a heartfelt haibun.  _/|\_

The news has been so tough these past few weeks. Wildfires, hurricanes, flooding, earthquakes. Reckless taunts between nuclear-armed leaders. And Monday in Las Vegas, one of the worst mass shootings in US history.

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In such dark times, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. And just as easy to go numb. Facing an unending stream of suffering and horror, how do we maintain our humanity without losing our minds?

There are…

Source: http://makinostudios.com/in-times-of-trouble/

Reblogged: 12 radical reasons to write poetry, by Kelly Belmonte

Returning for an encore, my “virtual guest-blogger” today is Kelly Belmonte with another thought-provoking, poetry-related list! :- D

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For most of the first two decades of my business career, I bifurcated my interests between “professional” and “creative.” In retrospect, this was a big mistake and a root cause of much unnecessary tension in my life.

I am a poet and a business professional, and only recently have I realized the benefit of crossing these streams. Now I am a shameless and impassioned advocate for the poetic voice as an integral player in an integrated life. Even those who think they are incapable of writing more than a text message might benefit from a little mingling of right brain and left brain.

Here I would like to offer just a few of the best reasons to give a go at writing a poem every now and then.

1. Brevity

Poetry, in most cases, is a shortened form of expression. What may take pages of prose, you attempt to do…

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Reblogged: 12 practical excuses for reading poetry daily, by Kelly Belmonte

My “virtual guest-blogger” today is Kelly Belmonte, an insightful poet who shares 12 very good “excuses” for making poetry a part of your daily life! :- D

 

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For many busy professionals, reading poetry is not up on the daily to do list. And if it is, it is somewhere down in the “nice to do” part of the list, around number thirty-seven perhaps, somewhere after “take out trash” and “file nails.” Even if you like poetry (or love it, as I do), it may be more of a guilty pleasure than a “must do.” It is on your vacation list, your beach book list, your when-work-life-balance-gets-sorted-out list. If that is the case, the “12 Most Practical Excuses for Reading Poetry Daily” list is definitely for you. Here you will find all the excuses you might need to respond to those inner or outer critics who do not understand why you would want to make poetry one of your everyday “to do’s.”

1. I’m working on the brand called me

A book of Basho’s haiku casually placed on…

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Reblogged: Favorite haiku — 25 little poems selected by Tom Clausen

My “virtual guest-blogger” today is the extraordinary haiku poet Tom Clausen, who shares 25 of his favorite little poems from the old masters and some of today’s most significant haiku poets!  :- D

This is an ever expanding set of haiku that have made a lasting impression on me that I hope others may enjoy… and find their own favorites in turn, here , or elsewhere . 6-04-16 ( this versi…

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