poetry

Publishing Poetry

UPDATE

2019 has been a sad year for this blog, and I keep saying I’m going to blog more. (Isn’t it interesting how the word ‘blog’ is both a noun and a verb?) Well, recently I decided that while working on my novel revisions, I’m going to work on publishing my poetry, too. I’d like to share about my journey here.

MY POETRY COLLECTION

My poetry collection is mostly work I did in college, when I took Introduction to Poetry II. I had not taken the first class, but I wanted to write and study a different form of writing than the fiction writing I had done so far, so I got into Poetry II somehow.

MY FORAY INTO POETRY CLASS

At the start of the class, I was totally clueless. My poems were awkward and embarrassing; I used too many useless, powerless words, like ‘and’ and ‘the’, and my poetry painted no pictures.

After a while though, poetry became less about the writing itself, and more about articulating my emotions. I was going through a lot at the time; my father had recently passed away. So, I guess it’s the classic thing – the writer who is sad, always has material from which to write.

I still think that the poetry I wrote then is some of my best, and this is why I’d like to publish it.

MY FAVOURITE POETS

In addition to loving some classics, such as Edgar Allan Poe and Emily Dickinson, I’ve also read some contemporary poets that I’ve really enjoyed. The name of a particular I wanted to share escapes me now, but hopefully I can return and share it later.

Right now I am going through “Poet’s Market 2019”. It is more than just listings of places to submit poetry too! There is some great advice in the book, as well. I recommend it to any poet.

As my poetry journey continues, I’ll post more. Who are you favourite poets?

Until next time,

Chaitanya

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