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For Lines Budding Poet Project.

1)	A short LETTER to novice poets (highschool level, retirees, etc) e.g.

 “Dear budding poet, … Your love of poetry and words has brought you to this moment. Suddenly inspiration and imagination has you writing down lines.  What an empowering feeling  being able to communicate through language your experiences and to be able to title it uniquely, as yours. 
It brings you to realize, that sometimes words are inadequate so you search for  better ways to describe the  exact meaning. We can only cope with language if we recognize that language is by nature magical. There is emotional, mythological and intellectual content in words. .Getting in touch with the ‘spirit of the time or the ‘zeitgeist’ -that is what poetry is in any age. If you can tap into just what that is you will become a great poet.

 Poetry is about writing down your emotions and things that matter to you but there is also technique involved. It is the difference between talent and craft 

Ten Tips for Writing.
1, Journal
Have a small note-pad where you can record images, ideas and starting lines for poems.  Attach a pen to it so that you can write down ideas quickly.
  2. Thesaurus and Dictionary (A must)  Word choice is crucial to writing a “good poem.Have you been specific enough?
3. Five senses  Using the 5 senses is crucial to making a “good poem.”
The development of sensory acumen is key.  There are  ten attributes of sight alone.  Darkness & brightness, substance & color, form & place, remoteness & nearness, movement & rest. If you use sensory images, your reader will be able to imagine what the poet can see, hear, smell, taste and touch. So explore all the sensory pathways.

4. I know that there is merit in technique but there has to be that mystique as well.
6  To write really great poetry, you need both talent and craft.  -- the talent is the emotion and the natural ability to put words together, while the craft is the learned ability to use meter, rhyme and all the poetic devices like assonance, consonance, figurative language and forms
6  Give time to writing or study of writing each day.
7. Thomas Fitzsimmons puts it best, “To put it simply, poetry is a strategy for revealing the strange in the familiar, the familiar in the strange.”   Also beyond that look to find unity in variety. 
8. Poetry is sometimes described as an idea looking for a form or a form looking for an idea.
9,  Robert Hass in comparing metered poems with Free Verse states:‘……the metrical poem begins with an assumption of human life which takes place  in a pattern  of orderly recurrence with which the poet must come to terms-  Meter organizes accents into an overall pattern and more or less evenly times the lines bringing an organizing influence that allows the story to unfold.
The Free verse poem…begins with an assumption of openness or chaos in which an order must be discovered.  The basic fact of free verse: each poem is shaped from within.  You’ll often hear a poet say they didn’t know where the poem would end when they began writing it but that it comes to them as a natural act of writing.”
10. People bring their own experience to a poem when they read.  Your audience will never be 100% everyone.  So never be discouraged.

what poetry has brought to my life.
The study of writing poetry has helped me to make sense of the world.
My quest for knowledge always has the big questions lurking in the background. ......the origin of mankind and the question of death or an after-life.  I also ponder about the existence of good and evil, creative acts, truth and morality and whether the soul exists. Are there links between these concepts?.  I am constantly pursuing ideas and trying to find these possible links.
References and Themes
I write as a way of discovery to my own spirit and to express my reaction to life. I write mostly on my own philosphy, dreams, mystical themes, the wonder and beauty of nature (spiders in particular) archeology of sorts, war, suicide and betrayal.

My favorite poets are Emily Dickinson, Wislawa Szymborska, Charles Simic,  Pablo Neruda, Frederico Garcia Lorca,  and  all of the great Classic poets.
 3)  Excellent books I recommend: are
 The Discovery of Poetry by Frances Mayes The Art and Craft of Poetry by Michael J Bugeja Sound and Sense by Laurence Perrine The Right-Brain Experience by Marilee Zdenek

4)  “Ten TITLES of favorite poems I’ve written(I have no order of preference for these)  Small Echo of Death, All Things Bright and Possible, Unicorn Hoofprints, New York Street Horse, I am Made of This, Butterflies of Saturn, As Seasons Dance, Lady Autumn, Winter Scene, Death of a Kangaroo.
Some of the favorite poems I have written are over the 20 line limit.
My Literary Background.
5) I am a retired Registered Nurse. Certified in Med-Surg. I started to seriously look into poetry in 1998 when I began meditating during stress relief classes. Suddenly poems started coming through. In 2003 I won first place in a Gold Coast Writer’s Literary Contest  with the theme 'Miracles’ for a poem titled, "Unicorn Hoofprints" . In fact that $100.00 prize seemed like a miracle not to mention winning. I am published in an Anthology with other poets from Poetryforthought. It’s title is “A Poetry Bridge to All Nations. Published by Lulu Publications. I like to share with my friends on If I were more organized I would send out submissions but life always gets in the way.

6)  Suggested Title: ‘Conjuring up a World.’
7)  TITLE your entry as if it were a poem.

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Date: 7/23/2018 1:43:00 AM
Yes, very good advice, Suzanne. For me poetry is conveying emotions through words. T.J
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Date: 7/22/2018 4:29:00 PM
Good helpful advice Suz!
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Suzanne Delaney
Date: 7/22/2018 4:37:00 PM
So nice to see you Debbie: I’ll bet that you could write some great advice too.
Date: 7/21/2018 7:14:00 AM
Excellent advice SuZ. I am impressed by how much thought and care you put into this. I will be surprised if you don't win this contest. Best to you!
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Suzanne Delaney
Date: 7/21/2018 7:48:00 AM
Dear Vijay: I thought it was high time I got back to writing again. Thanks always for your kind support. Hugs, SuZ