June 26, 2013
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.
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.
Jane Kenyon. I recently discovered Kay Ryan. I like her short, pithy poems.
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.
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.