As many of you know, the annual SD Festival of Books is approaching this weekend, and it intends to brings writers and readers together. I was just reading through the various events and noting which ones I wanted to attend, and I just thought it might be useful to talk about the specific poetry events […]
Members of SDSPS will meet Saturday, Sept. 22, at the First United Methodist Church in Brookings, room 204, from 4:30-6 p.m. The general membership of our organization is invited to attend; so please spread the word. Meeting Agenda: President Bruce Roseland presides, calls the meeting to order. In attendance: Distribution of Board Meeting Agenda. The floor
At the end of semester when I was studying poetry forms, we played with some newer experimental forms. I was assigned the Paradelle, which was invented by Billy Collins in 1996. In his own words, Collins asserts “I invented the form (parody + villanelle = paradelle) in order to produce a very badly written one.
In the fall of 2015, I took my first poetry class. The class was cross-listed for undergrad and graduate students, and it focused on poetry forms. I had limited form experience before this class: in sixth grade, I wrote some haiku, in 10th grade, I wrote limericks, and I had read various sonnets, mostly Shakespearian.
I recently attended a panel of women artists at SDSU’s art museum. They discussed the difficulties in making art, and one of them said something that I found especially encouraging, which I will get to later. I have also recently been reading Art and Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking by David
When I was younger, I only ever wrote when inspiration struck. I typically wrote poetry or song lyrics (song lyrics included a melody in my head and usually included more repetition and yeahs). My notebook would collect dust between emotional outpourings. And the first page often read something kind yet firm “If you are picking