for-wards 11 28 2014

November 28, 2014


What's a Poet to Do?


Not sequester yourself in a tiny corner of an unheated attic! 


Word weaver, the world needs to hear what you craft.  So do your neighbors, friends, relatives, the people across town, and those across the river, pond, lake, stream, and ocean.


Poet Frank X. Walker says,  "a good poet, especially if she is a capable reader, can summon the power of the stage and the screen onto the page."   Want to hear more of his insightful views? Check out his interview originally published in Verse Wisconsin, now widely available in the Cowfeather Press anthology, local ground(s).



Margaret (Peggy) Rozga

author of Though I Haven't Been to Baghdad

and 200 Nights and One Day

 

 

for - words 11 23 2014

for-words 

11/23/2014


I took the impressive new Cowfeather Press anthology, LOCAL GROUND(S), to the gym yesterday, opened it at random, found reading this piece and the next and the next so engaging that I actually exercised longer than planned.



Margaret (Peggy) Rozga

author of Though I Haven't Been to Baghdad

and 200 Nights and One Day

 

 

for - words 11 19 2014

​November 19, 2014


Lines from Angie Trudell Vasquez: 


"there is an energy here,
a rustling of wings"


Want more? 

Join in the digital launch of _local ground(s) tonight, 7-9 p.m.

on FB, Twitter, and Tumblr.  

#midwestpoetics
 

Margaret (Peggy) Rozga

author of Though I Haven't Been to Baghdad

and 200 Nights and One Day

 

 

for - words 11 18 2014

11/18/2014


Just 24 more hours to the virtual launch of local ground(s)

To join in the insightful conversation on Twitter, use #midwestpoetics.  

On Facebook, go to the Verse Wisconsin page to get started in the conversation about this new anthology of prose works from Verse Wisconsin.


I'll be highlighting sections of my essay "Community Inclusive: A Poetics to Move Us Forward" and rethinking my comments about blogging in a conversation with Lisa Vihos, Margaret Swedish, Jennifer Morales, and Sarah Busse.


I'd love to hear from you!


Margaret (Peggy) Rozga

author of Though I Haven't Been to Baghdad

and 200 Nights and One Day

 

 

for - words 10 16 2014

How to Write a Poem


I try, I really do, when facilitating a workshop to give participants directions, steps, that will lead to a poem.  At the same time, I'm always uncertain about whether those steps will lead to a poem.  I think they may bring  a writer to the point where a poem begins to happen, but I can't be sure of that, either.  


So I was glad to read today a Rattle interview with poet Troy Jollimore who talks about this sense of not knowing how to write a poem.  He says, "I think most other writers believe, that despite the fact that we as writers have done it, we don’t really know how to do it."  He goes on, "the poem writes itself; you’re just there as the conduit. You’ve got to listen to the poem: What does it want to be? Don’t try to make it a sonnet if it doesn’t want to be a sonnet; if it wants something else, let it be something else."


Next time I have to talk about how to write a poem, I think this interview will prove very useful.


Margaret (Peggy) Rozga

author of Though I Haven't Been to Baghdad

and 200 Nights and One Day

 

 
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