2014, what happened to the last three months?

Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s – all flew by without a hello from me. My head was down and I was neck-deep in living—loving family— playing with granddaughters—writing and being accepted in a creative writing program—cooking—cleaning—etc—etc.

I’m still here working on poems and now I’ve added critical analysis, which I’m practicing. The idea is I annotate poems to learn and scrutinize a poem deeply to be able to improve my craft of writing poems. So I’ve been writing and reading critically which is very time-consuming and very stimulating.

This snowy and frigid month of February take out a pen and look closely at a favorite poem. See the line breaks, the verse lengths, the punctuation, the theme, the coherence, the images, the setting and then write a poem based on inspiration from that poem you analyzed.

About versealive

Founder of the Louise Bogan Chapter of the Massachusetts State Poetry Society, grandmother of five budding poets, and married to Richard who writes poems for birthday parties.
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