Writing & Poetry Feed

I was in despair. Last Friday I received not one, not two, but three rejections for my poetry submissions. I was beginning to entertain the thought that perhaps poetry was not for me and I should give up writing it. I was definitely ready to give up submitting to literary... Read more →


I find it easy to write conversational poetry that describes a strong opinion or an incident. Sometimes I have what Australian poet, Mark Tredinnick, calls the philosophical whoosh. Most of the time, however, I leave a lot to the reader to infer. Or if I do have some kind of... Read more →


It wasn't until week five of my poetry class with Mark Tredinnick that I felt like I was hitting my stride. The first few weeks saw me floundering with form and trying to squeeze my words into weird new cages. Mark calls it 'dancing down the cage'. Rhythm, especially iambic... Read more →


Apparently American poet, Elizabeth Bishop, took 17 drafts too write a sonnet. Don't quote me on this, or ask me which one (does she even have more than one sonnet?) - I haven't actually backed up this stat or fact with research cos I was feeling lazy. Which is kind... Read more →


I'm currently juggling coursework for two online poetry classes I've signed up for and I'm thinking I may have bitten off more than I can chew! I feel like I'm back at Uni again only this time with the added responsibilities of work, children and running a house. One of... Read more →


I've just finished the second class for What the Light Tells, the poetry masterclass currently being conducted by Australian poet, Mark Tredinnick. It's great to be back in a classroom, learning about poetry and hearing from my fellow student poets. There's a big range of ability in the class from... Read more →