No need to be anybody but oneself. (only_more_love) wrote,
No need to be anybody but oneself.

writing poetry

So I have a rather large and vague question for my fellow writers out there: I would like to try my hand at writing poetry; do you have any resources (books, sites, advice) to recommend to me?  Personally, I think part of learning to write happens through something like osmosis.  I can write (non-poetry) with some degree of competence because I've read a lot of (non-poetry) -- and then practiced writing it. Which means that I know I have to READ more poetry if I want to try to write it. However, there are so many forms, and poetry has its own grammar -- its own nuts and bolts and scaffolding, and I just wonder if any of you have thoughts that might help me that go beyond, "Read a lot of  poems." *g* (Although I am definitely open to suggestions of specific poets/poems you've loved!)

Honestly, I have no idea if that made any sense. I have read a bit of poetry here and there, but I would like to approach it with more rigor. Taking a class right now is just not an option; I'm still fairly wrapped up in raising M., and I don't think I could make the necessary time commitment at the moment. But I'm willing to work on my own, at a slower pace. Thanks, if you have any ideas for me, and if not, thanks just for reading. :)
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