Thursday, January 29, 2009

Mark Halliday's Keep This Forever

One of the recent poetry collections I'd recommend is Mark Halliday's Keep This Forever. Some of its so prose-like, that it doesn't really read as poetry at all. But I would say that he's a good storyteller and a great examiner of poetry and its place in the world/with the author/and among readers. His satirical humor is also something I like in his work. What's different about this collection is it's a little more heartfelt, including some wonderful poems about his father and his father's death.
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Friday, January 16, 2009

Ways to Practice Poetry

I'm going to get back to posting poems, trying to review books, and continue this site as soon as I can. For now, I really enjoyed this this blog post's (see the link below) five steps to practicing poetry, and they could serve as a good guide for any poet. Revision/humility and gratitude are hardest for me, but I think they're really necessary. Please check this post out on Poetry's blog site.