Monthly Archives: April 2014

My poem, “Hearing in November of the Arrival” was recenly published in Adanna Journal

The latest issue of Adanna Journal, centered on the theme of Women and Food, has just been released.  I am honored that my poem, “Upon Hearing in November of the Arrival” is included in this prestigious journal.  The poem celebrates … Continue reading

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April Is National Poetry Month! ADJECTIVES! Marie Kane Writing Advice–Adjectives

How important is it to your poetry to add the absolutely right, kicker of a word, most specific adjective?  Very. Adjectives modify nouns–people, places, and things.  They describe, identify, or quantify a noun or a pronoun.  In the phrase, “black … Continue reading

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April Is National Poetry Month! Quote on Poetry

I am a bit under the weather, so no post yesterday.  Today, a quote to think about; here’s two: “A writer is someone who pays attention to the world — a writer is a professional observer.” — From Susan Sontag’s 1992 … Continue reading

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APRIL IS NATIONAL POETRY MONTH! Marie Kane

Let’s look at other quotes about poetry: “Sometimes there’s no one to listen to what you really might like to say at a certain moment. The paper always listens.” ~ Naomi Shihab Nye What a true quote about poetry!  The … Continue reading

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April is National Poetry Month! Be Concise. Poetry Advice from Marie Kane

 >We don’t have to serve the meaning of the poem to the reader on a silver platter of words; BE CONCISE. This is hard for me, since I often overwrite, use too many words that bore the reader with my … Continue reading

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April Is National Poetry Month, Writing Advice for Poetry from Marie Kane, Write from Abundance and the Power of Verbs

Writing Poetry Writing is frustrating and fulfilling, difficult and satisfying–and writing poetry is even more so.  I taught high school English for twenty-right years, and loved it.  Yes, it was often demanding and exhausting with too many bleary-eyed nights grading … Continue reading

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April is Natonal Poetry Month–Digging Deeper to boost the language of your poem.

Yesterday, (4 3 14) I spoke of ‘Digging Deeper’ to discover original, startling, unusual, ‘just the right word’ additions to your poetry. So today, I want to give you some examples from my own work in which I did so. … Continue reading

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April is National Poetry Month–Kane Comment on Digging Deeper in Your Poetry

Revision, the hard work poets do to bring a poem to as close to a final state as it can be (is there ever a ‘final’ state? 🙂  ) is often frustrating.  How many times have you heard from a … Continue reading

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Writing a Poem Backwards: Herb Perkins-Frederick revision for poetry

My dear friend, Herb Perkins Frederick, passed away two years ago; his poetry was startling, often humorous, detailed, and well-put.  He said important things in all of his poems. His ideas regarding revision brightened many of my poems–and others.  So … Continue reading

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April is National Poetry month–I’m getting this under the wire for April 1

For the first day of N.P.M., I thought some quotes about poetry would be an appropriate start: “Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.”—T. S. Eliot          Of course Eliot would have this to say about poetry. “If I … Continue reading

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