Saturday, December 29, 2007

An example of Dialogue

Jim Murdoch had commented on my Poetry Tips post about his having a dialogue poem shaped like a Rorschach ink blot test and has it posted on his site at the moment. Please check out the link for an example of a dialogue poem and also because he has added another layer of artistry by shaping it into an ink blot test.
Thanks for dropping in!

World Class Poetry Blog with Q&A

Allen and I conversed through e-mail and I asked if he would mind doing a mini-interview about his blog for today's feature and he happily obliged:

Q: What drove you to create a blog and website devoted to poetry?

A: One word - passion.

Q: How long have you had both sites and what do you hope to be able to do by having them?

A: I started the website in 2005 and the blog this year. I've been tinkering with html and Internet marketing since 2001. I wanted to build an online business in 2003, but before I could get anything real solid my National Guard unit was activated (mid-2004) and I spent all of 2005 in Iraq. While in Iraq I found a couple of months in the summer where I had an inordinate amount of free time due to a period of "steady state" operations. It was during those two months that I started the website and built about 10 pages. Then I had a six month period of time when I couldn't work on it at all. I didn't get started again until I got back home. But at that time I had family obligations and I started my business. Those two activities ate up most of my time, but I still took time out when I could to work on the website. It's been hit and miss mostly. I work on it when I can. The blog is something I started because it helps me promote the website and it keeps me writing every day.

Q: Any particular advice for poets out there today?

A: Yeah, I'd say read more than you write and don't worry about getting published until you know for sure that you have something that merits it. Publishing too early will spoil you and make you lazy. The most important thing is to write good literature. If you do that then publication will present itself at the proper time. You have to be patient. Thanks. Let me know if you need anything else. Allen

Thank you Allen, and thank you Poetry fans! Please stop in tomorrow for another living, breathing poet…

Friday, December 28, 2007

Poetry Tips: Dialogue

If you’ve been around poetry for a while you surely have seen poems where there are two speakers. Sometimes the poems are imagined conversations, others are real ones altered to fit a poem. They do not have to rhyme, or have a particular rhythm, or shape. You can scatter the conversation so that one speaker is “right adjusted” and the other speaker is “centered” when it comes to their lines. You can do many experiments with this and I challenge you to come up with a dialogue poem. It can be rather difficult at first, I admit I have yet to succeed and have scrapped every attempt, but they are good for getting the creative juices flowing.
Best of luck to your writing, may the muse be with you!

Please stop in tomorrow for Saturday’s Edition Poetry Blog…

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Open Submissions at CapGun

I’m back and ready to get back to normal life. I hope you all have had a wonderful holiday and that you will have friends and fun on New Year’s.

Today’s Open Submissions are for CapGun:

Deadline is January 2nd 2008, so act fast! Submit 3-5 poems or 10 pages prose by e-mail to submit[at]
Please explore their site to be sure your work will be a good fit! Best of luck to you!

I look forward to seeing you tomorrow for another round of Poetry Tips!