Poetry: Exploration And Experience

Written by Mary Diane Hausman

Are you ready to abandon your poems? Before you toss your newest poem away, revisit it using some exercises that have proven helpful to poets who are feeling “stuck.” If you explore some of these ideas, you may be steps closer to placing your poetry in a well-known literary journal.

You can make submissions on your own, or hire some help. Every poem, on average, must be submitted to 100 markets before it is accepted. For poets, these numbers are sad, but true. Evenrepparttar best poems must cover a lot of territory before they appear onrepparttar 137905 printed page. A reputable author’s submission service may offer you more time to write while they take care ofrepparttar 137906 submissions. Remember that a good submission service screens potential writers for quality work. They don’t take everyone.

When writing poetry, a poet considers language. They also consider form, and may even consider audience. But that is not all. Though form serves as a vehicle or container, and audience can help drive a poem; and while it is language that gives voice to poetry, it is basicallyrepparttar 137907 root ofrepparttar 137908 poet—the poet’s experience—that gives voice torepparttar 137909 voice. Even when poetry does not reflectrepparttar 137910 poet’s direct experience, it is still filtered through her or his eyes. Both poem and poet are inextricably connected; one cannot exist withoutrepparttar 137911 other. The material from whichrepparttar 137912 poet cullsrepparttar 137913 poem is that which has been sown, tilled, pulled, dumped, dredged, fermented, stored, and often kept hidden allrepparttar 137914 poet’s life. Ifrepparttar 137915 poet feels brave enough, or even if she is terrified beyond belief, she will excavate this treasure and use it to lay a foundation. Foundation laid,repparttar 137916 poet then uses language to formrepparttar 137917 structure, buildrepparttar 137918 ramparts which holdrepparttar 137919 poem together. Having builtrepparttar 137920 poem withrepparttar 137921 blood and bone and truth of her,repparttar 137922 poet thus offers a monument that withstands evenrepparttar 137923 critic’s wind. Or, at leastrepparttar 137924 storm of self-doubt.

Need a Great Idea? Feed Your Brain

Written by Michele Pariza Wacek

A lot of great ideas happen when two or more other ideas collide to form something completely new.

Think of this like those old chemistry movies we used to watch in school. You had all of those atoms floating around and when two collided -- bam! A chemical reaction. Maybe something new was created. Maybe something exploded. Or maybe it all fizzled out and nothing happened.

Well, a similar reaction is going on inside your brain or muse. Except instead of atoms floating around they're pieces of information or other ideas. As they drift about, they occasionally bump into each other. When that happens, you may get a new, third idea. Or a big explosion. Or absolutely nothing at all.

Now, if you have lots of atoms, or information and ideas, you're going to get lots of reactions. Some will fail. Some will be so-so. And some will be hot -- so hot, so full of energy, they'll haverepparttar power to changerepparttar 137872 trajectory of a business. Or even a life.

The problem occurs when you don't have lots of random information and ideas. Fewer atoms mean fewer reactions. On top of that, you still have to weed throughrepparttar 137873 invariable duds. Sorepparttar 137874 odds of landing that one amazing idea drop considerably.

But not to worry -- there's good news. You can increase your odds of getting those great ideas. Better yet, it's fairly easy and painless. Below are three ways to get started.

1. Read, read and read some more. I know, I know, I can hearrepparttar 137875 groans already. "But I already have too much to read. How can I fit more reading in?" Never fear, there are ways to do this. (Remember I did say this was painless.)

The key is to keep it wide and shallow. What does that mean? Well, read lots and lots of different things, but keep it general. Read about sheep farming, finances, yoga, cooking, traveling, dog training, etc. But keep it general -- don't read deeply. You can even skim if that's all you have time for.

Start by subscribing to a couple of different magazines and e-zines. General interest magazines are really good for this -- Walt Disney used to read Reader's Digest. Scatter them aroundrepparttar 137876 house -- byrepparttar 137877 bed,repparttar 137878 couch, evenrepparttar 137879 bathroom. I'd put a few in your car as well for those times when you have to wait for an appointment.

When you have a few moments, flip through them. Skim a few paragraphs. See what catches your eye.

You can also buy or rent audio books and CDs and listen while you exercise, drive, dorepparttar 137880 dishes, etc.

Whatever you do, DON'T read publications related to your industry. That's for another time. This is brain-feeding time, not keeping up in your profession time.

2. Travelrepparttar 137881 world. Traveling has so many fabulous benefits for your creative soul I could write an article just about that, but for now I'll limit my comments to brain food.

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