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So you’re a poet

February 15, 2018

Lately, I’ve been teaching the Introductory Poetry Workshop at Lighthouse Writer’s Workshop.

Here are more than a half dozen things poets can do to keep the mojo going.

  1. Read. Make Poetry Daily  your home page or download the iPhone/iPad.app.
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  2. Read some more. Try Verse Daily for a similar treat.
  3. Write. Keep a journal, try 750 words, You need to know what’s on your mind and besides, writers write.
  4. Celebrate National Poetry Month in April. Don’t let novelists have all the fun. Try NaPoWriMo –National Poetry Writing Month, an annual project in which participating poets attempt to write a poem a day for the month of April.
  5. Write some more. Stuck? Try these 30 wise prompts from Kelli Russell Agodon.
  6. Watch it. Try Lucille Clifton’s “Homage to My Hips”.
  7. Go beyond. Lots of links for haiku.
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Lynn Wagner

December 20, 2009

LYNN WAGNER’s chapbook, No Blues This Raucous Song, won the 2009 Slapering Hol competition.No Blues This Raucous Song

Her poems have appeared in Shenandoah, Subtropics, 5AM, Chatauqua Literary Review and other journals. Her awards include an Academy of American Poets Prize and fellowships from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. She holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of Pittsburgh. She lives and writes in Denver, Colorado, working as a health data analyst for a non-profit and teaching poetry at Lighthouse Writers Workshop.