Category: Poetry

Wander Back to the Wonder by Violet Nesdoly


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Wander Back to the Wonder   My pencil is weary, my neck muscles cramped, my brain’s in a fog, for ideas I’m stumped. I believe that it’s time for a good writing break. But how shall I spend it? What route should I take? I could tackle the ironing, vacuum the floor, scrub all the Read More

Rhythms of Summer Writing by Violet Nesdoly


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I’m all for respecting the rhythms of the year. When it seems that the whole world is on vacation, I feel like going on vacation too. Working this “logic” into a writing life can be tricky, especially if the summer is your main time to wri Read More

8 Resources to Take Your Poetry to the Next Level by Violet Nesdoly


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Here, on the doorstep of April, I’m celebrating because it’s almost National Poetry Month! What better time to think and talk about how to improve our writing in general, poetry-writing in particular? And so, I’m excited to share eight resources that have helped me in writing about poetry (as a many-year online and FellowScript p Read More

Remember with an Elegy by Violet Nesdoly


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A wonderful way to remember someone after they have died is to write a poem about them. Such a poem of remembrance is called an elegy. The Poetry Dictionary defines elegy: “A poem for someone who has died; also called a lament and threnody. Elegies are love poems for the dead, tributes and offerin Read More

Use Mentor Poems to Grow as a Poet by Violet Nesdoly


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If you’re a crafter you may have gone to a craft fair, admired items on display, picked up one or two that especially appealed to you, and examined them closely. Why? Chances are you were trying to figure out how they were made and whether you could make something similar. Growth in any ski Read More

Honour Your Love in an Ode by Violet Nesdoly


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Please note that Violet sent this post to me quite some time ago. I (Steph) then promptly lost track of it and didn’t post it when it was originally scheduled. My apologies! Regardless, it is always a wonderful time to express our love. Let’s learn more about how we can do so by writi Read More

Back in the Poetry Saddle by Violet Nesdoly


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Unless you’re a poet laureate of some kind, you’ll probably not get an assignment to write a poem anytime soon. Writing poetry is very much a self-initiated activity and easy to postpone till later. Even after you’ve taken a summer break and are fresh again, unless writing poetry is the main type of writin Read More

What is a Poem? by Violet Nesdoly


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In my last blog post I asked and tried to answer this question: “What is poetry?” Even as I was coming to my conclusion, I realized I would need to answer another question before we went on to other things poetic: “What is a poem Read More

What Is Poetry? by Violet Nesdoly


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Welcome to our newest contributor, Violet Nesdoly. I’m delighted to be re-entering the world of group blogging. Though I enjoyed my hiatus, I’m happy to get back into this saddle. In my posts here, I plan to talk about a genre dear to my heart—poetry. It’s a huge topic with a history as o Read More