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Seventeen Steps to a Clean Copy

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“The beautiful part of writing is that you don’t have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon,” Robert Cormier, author of The Chocolate War. The editing process can be intimidating. Like any art form, it’s also a craft that can be learned and improved with practice. My experience as managing editor of a medical journal… Read more »

Theme and Variations – Epigraphs and Poems

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Many poets are also dedicated readers of poetry. I certainly am; I read with a notebook and pen at hand to jot down intriguing words, lines, stanzas. That notebook is source of writerly inspiration, insight, and, occasionally, epiphany. If a quote inspires a poem, I acknowledge that fact by citing the quote as an epigraph. The Poetry Foundation defines an… Read more »

Poetry, Memoir and “Biomythography”

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Poetry and memoir can be alike on some levels, different on others. Jill Bialosky, in “The Unreasoning Mask: The Shared Interior Architecture of Poetry and Memoir,” (The Kenyon Review, Spring, 2013) says “… what the two art forms share are a tone of intimate connection with a reader …” One of the biggest differences is that memoir is thought by… Read more »