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Craft of Writing Gary Presley

Craft of Writing Gary Presley

Gary Presley’s Accent History Long ago and far away, I argued myself down from a B to a C grade in an English class by disputing the teacher’s criticism of my use of the word oblivion. I’d read a story about the Beat Generation and noticed a photograph picturing one Kerouac-wannabe with “Blessed, Blessed Oblivion” …

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Craft of Writing Wayne Scheer

Craft of Writing Wayne Scheer

On Writing and Writhing The best advice for writing I know comes from George Orwell. After listing solid, common sense rules for good writing, he adds: “Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.” Of course we writers try to follow such wisdom. Don’t we? What writer would knowingly offer his readers …

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Poetics Jeanette Oestermyer

Poetics Jeanette Oestermyer

Will Metrics in Poetry be Reborn? Try Creating a Personal Nonce Form The twentieth century saw the inception of free verse as we know it (verse without meter). Yet, the idea that somewhere suspended in space is the perfect shape or form that will fit a particular subject matter. Then, the poet will be a …

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Poetics Linda J. Austin Found Poetry

Poetics Linda J. Austin Found Poetry

If something isn’t lost, can you find it? Of course you can if you are writing found poetry. In its purest form, found poetry is poetry assembled from non-literary sources—can labels, road signs, clothing tags, picture titles, advertisements, etc. At some point it became acceptable to lift an entire section of text and arrange it …

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