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Frank M.


Urbana, IL
Hometown: Urbana

Member since:

June 26, 2013


What do you hope to get from these meetings?

I want to read more poetry, talk about poetry, and share poems that I've been writing. I'm also looking for pointers on getting published.

What was the last poem (published/written in the last year) that you read? Where did you find it?

I've been reading different journals--found at the grad library on campus and from journals that I've ordered. I am reading Poet Lore and Alaska Quarterly right now.

Who is your favorite poet? Who is your favorite living poet?

Jane Kenyon. I recently discovered Kay Ryan. I like her short, pithy poems.

Verse or not to verse - that is the question - how do you feel about rhyme, meter and form?

I like playing with different forms. I've tried my hand at sonnets and villanelles. I write more visually oriented poems with some internal rhyming going on.

Do you have a blog or website related to your writing you would like to share with the group? What is it?

Formal education has been a mixed blessing. It has given me the tools to read and write. Yet I've avoided criticism and feedback groups because of uncertainty about my own writing and how it will stack up to the current trends in poetry.


I am a retired special education teacher. I grew up in the Chicago area but I've lived in CU for over 30 years. I've shared poetry, short fiction, and non-fiction in another meetup group. I want to focus on hone my poetry for publication.

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