Worldwide Open Mic Night | Let’s Talk About It

Tha.SpeakeasyI promise I won’t do this very often, but here’s what I’m doing. I wanted to give people a chance to hang out and share their writing, regardless of where you are. So, I created a Facebook event where we can share music, poetry, excerpts of our work. At any time zone. Check it out. Let me know if you’re interested.

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Taking it to the stage | Let’s Talk About


I know a lot writers who do not enjoy going out on stage and sharing their work. I don’t feel like I”m the best at it, but after it’s happened, I do enjoy it. There’s something extremely satisfying about the immediacy in sharing my work with a crowd. I’ve done this via the stage in front of people and in a virtual setting. My question to you , dear poets, have you ever done an open mic night? If you have-how was it for you? Would you do it again? And if you haven’t-would you ever?

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Does your writing tell your secrets? | Let’s talk about it



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I found this quote the other day and it made me wonder. Can everything the writer creates, be traced back to the writer? Is there a way to write that is entirely outside of self? Or is the nature of the beast that we must write about our lives in some way or another, even if it’s not terribly obvious to the reader? Have you written a poem, character, story, etc that you were able to say you couldn’t find a shred of yourself in it? And if so, was the quality of the piece to par with your other works?


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Writing forever alone? | Let’s Talk About It

I had a conversation with a writer before the beginning of #writestuff (my Tweetchat on Tuesday at 9 pm EST, each week we cover a different writing topic). He said something along the lines of, “Aren’t writers always writing alone?” And I said no, “No, not necessarily.” Hastywords does writing duets often, there are sitcom writers who write in teams, etc. Part of the process is to pass ideas back and forth until something gels together. Until it molds. Does one person essentially do the molding?

Are writers forever alone? Have you ever written with a partner or do you keep it a solitary pursuit?

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Poetry and schools | Let’s Talk About

When I was a kid, I loved words. I was such a book nerd that punishment was not allowing me to read books. (Cruel, so very cruel.)

I remember the first poem I’d ever written. It was one of those “I Am” poems during a summer workshop. I was amazed that I could write a poem. One that made sense and was my own. Even later on when I learned more about poetry in school, I was totally enthralled. I felt like finding hidden meaning in poems was solving a puzzle. A search a word of meaning.

However, I realize this experience is not the same for everyone. I know so many people (and I’m going to guess you do too) who say, “I hate poetry,” when I mention writing it. They are immediately turned off by the idea. They have their minds made up that poetry is as fun as having a colonoscopy.

I wonder if their experience isn’t the same, because they weren’t first introduced to poetry in a fun way. So poets and poetry enthusiast, tell me–how did you start enjoying poetry? Was it from school? Did you hate poetry in high school, but grew to love it in college? Let’s talk about it down below.

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Is It Always Personal? | Let’s talk about it

Sometimes when I write a poem it feels like I’m marching my past, present and future across the page to my reader’s eyes. Other times, the content is pulled from outside sources: the imagined relationship between two people on the bus, a particularly emotive news article, the way the trees sway in the breeze.

I would contend that even when the subject matter is totally separate from me and my experience, a bit of me still slips onto the page. She sneaks in, even when I don’t imagine her there. It may that no one else can see her. But I can.

What about you? Are you able to separate yourself from the subject matter in your poems? If you’re writing about a character, is it just that or is there a personal touchstone in your poetry? Let’s talk about it down below. .

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“Good” Poetry | Let’s talk about it

There’s the idea that poetry as any art can’t really be defined as “good” or “bad.” It’s an entirely subjective process based on the reader’s experiences and taste preferences. Whatever that reader brings to the table, will color how s/he sees this work.

We all know someone, who absolutely abhors poetry. Doesn’t get it all. Thinks the entire process of writing a poem is a waste and wonders why people just don’t write what they mean in plain English. Why all the dramatics that a poem holds? Why say one thing, but mean another? Why speak in layers?

These two ideas have brought me to today’s topic: What makes “good” poetry? Does it exist? Is there something that marks a text as universally good? Is that what makes a poem popular decades after the initial publication? What do you guys think?

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