I've recently become fascinated by personality theory, especially in terms of qualities like introversion versus extroversion. If I were a psychologist, I would churn out article after article about the Myers-Briggs type indicators. My colleagues would probably get sick of hearing about it. Personalities develop as we age, and, of course, our experiences shape them … Continue reading What Personality Types Make the Best Poets?
I read somewhere recently (probably Facebook, I'm ashamed to say) that the only thing you can buy that makes you richer is travel. It's not true, but it's still a good quote. (Travel does make you richer-- not financially, of course. But buying stocks and bonds and gold mines and successful businesses will literally make … Continue reading Travel poetry
Why do you write? For many people, poetry is a vehicle of self-expression. They write because they have something to say. For me, it's all about playing with language. Words are like gaudy costume jewelry, and I'm a little girl playing dress up. In her book Poemcrazy, Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge suggests collecting words, literally cutting … Continue reading Collecting Words
"15 Roosters--free to a good home." My sister read this ad in the paper a couple of days ago. She read it aloud to me, and I laughed. There's a story there, just waiting to be told. As soon as I got home, I wrote it in my poetry journal. That's where I store lines … Continue reading Keeping a Poetry Journal
I like to gather words and phrases. I suspect most poets do. This is why I like Found Poems--because all I need is a handful of phrases, and I can twist them together, do some snipping here and trimming there, and voila! A poem. If you've never written a Found Poem, you are missing out. … Continue reading Found Poem
Where do poems come from? Some of them, of course, come from hard work, scribbling, erasing, scribbling some more. Coming back later to revise, revise, revise. But then others seem to emerge whole from the poet's brain--or do poems originate in the soul? One place where I can usually find a poem just waiting to … Continue reading A Recent Experience Poem