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How (not) to begin a poem

Thoughts from the reading window.  

The first three or four lines of a poem are make-or-break territory.

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On Windows and Fish

The reading window is open. The envelopes are stacking up.

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How to get your pamphlet reviewed

 ‘Is it true – what Shelley writes me that poor John Keats died at Rome of the Quarterly Review?’ [Letter from Byron to John Murray, 26 April 1821]

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How to launch a poetry book

There are many ways. 

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Poetics and Drinking Parties

I love the word symposium. I don’t know why.

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The smell of the poem

These days there’s a lot of interest in what poems look like.

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