Wisdom from a Poetry Mentor

Nancy Flynn Apostrophe Blog Archive, Poetic Form, Wisdom, Writing

When I first returned to writing poetry, way back in 2005 and 2006, I took a series of classes through an organization called Writers on the Net. I was incredibly lucky to stumble on an outstanding teacher, Bob Haynes and his courses, Daydreams I and Daydreams II. In both of these, Bob asked his students to step outside the conventional way of thinking about crafting a poem, to wildly experiment, break the rules. We wrote about objects…

 
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Crafting an Ars Poetica

Nancy Flynn Apostrophe Blog Archive, Musings, Poetic Form, Writing

I suppose it is a truism that every poet should, at one point in her evolution as a writer, pen an ars poetica. At the Academy of American Poets, the ars poetica is defined as “a poem examining the role of poets themselves as subjects, their relationships to the poem, and the act of writing.” At the Poetry Foundation, an ars poetica is one that “explains the ‘art of poetry,’ or a meditation on poetry using the form and techniques of a poem.” Both sites cite Horace’s Ars Poetica is the earliest example and bedrock for the tradition of writing such a poem…

 
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