Acceptance News: Poemeleon’s “Happy Poems” Issue

Nancy Flynn Apostrophe Blog Archive, Publication News, Writing

True confession right off the bat: I have not written very many happy poems. But I really like the literary journal, Poemeleon, and when the call came for their upcoming issue with a theme of “Happy Poems” well I searched the archives and dug a few out. Poemeleon: A Journal of Poetry was founded by Cati Porter in December of 2005

 
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Better Reading through Poetry

Nancy Flynn Apostrophe Blog Archive, Book Report, Reading, Writing

In spite of writing poetry myself, I still often feel like I truly don’t know how to read it, especially the work of many contemporary poets. Too often, it remains an enigma. I often wonder if is because the current aesthetic for work that is favored out there in the tiny, esoteric world of poetry readers and publishers is at odds what I like and want to do in my own creative work….

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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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Publication News: Poeming Pigeon: In the News

Nancy Flynn Apostrophe Blog Archive, History Lessons, Publication News, Writing

After the shock of the November 2016 presidential election in the United States, things got very real very fast. The following year it often felt like the rat-a-tat of explosions perhaps even rapid gunfire—the cruel and verging-on-fascists nonsense that the administration started to spew. It was hard not to have the edginess of politics creep into the writing of poems

 
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Publication News: “Bringing in the Seeds”

Nancy Flynn Apostrophe Blog Archive, Gardening, Publication News, Writing

In August 2012, the “Women Writing Nature” issue of Sugar Mule published not one but four! of my poems: “Bringing in the Seeds”; “Keep Napa Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter Free!”; “On the Rare Occasion of an Ice Storm in the Coast Range”; and my prose poem, “Empty Nest.” They made a PDF of this triple issue so you can download then read them all as well as the work by all the other amazing women who contributed…

 
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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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Writer in the (Storm-Battered) House

Nancy Flynn Apostrophe Blog Archive, Wisdom, Writing

A while back now—egad, ten years, February 2014!—I was invited to be the Writer in the House at the Oregon Writers Colony in Rockaway Beach, Oregon. Per their website, “Oregon Writers Colony founders built the organization from a small group of writers who wanted a writing retreat at the beach into a nonprofit organization that offers support, networking, and a retreat house for writers

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