The world wouldn’t be what it is without poetry. Poetry, like a good catchy song, can change how we look at things, how we think about things. Keeping poetry thriving is my mission! Good poetry takes time, talent & dedication. Here I’m going to examine obscure and traditional poetry-mine and the poetry of others. Poetry is Art – keep it alive! Thrilled that my new poetry book “Singsong Crows And Alphabet Soup” is with the publisher. It’s a love letter on how much poetry matters!
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I feel like this particular writer gets me. Well, got me, he is no longer around. It’s reassuring. No one routine, formula or style works across-the-board. We have to discover what works for us and not allow anyone to try and talk us out of it because they “know better”. Rules are meant to be bent and sometimes broken. Let’s not re-hash, reboot, RE anything. Let’s write well, with originality or at the very least bring back beautiful forms that have become more obscure. Put it out there and see what happens. So who is this famous writer? Have a listen. https://www.kazakers.com
No matter what anybody tells you, no matter what the “rules” to poetry may be, no matter what works for others, RHYME is still crucial to poetry. Don’t listen to anyone who says you can’t rhyme-if they do don’t believe them. But rhyme definitely is an important part of poetry. We’ve gotten past “the rain in Spain falls mainly on the plane“ thank you, My Fair Lady. Or the Valentine’s standard “roses are red, violets are blue...” Your rhyme doesn’t have to be formulaic, traditional, unimaginative or boring. I don’t even think an entire poem has to rhyme. Hit your readers with something different, interesting and new. Be unexpected. https://www.kazakers.com
A Haiku is a beautiful thing... if we can get it right. It’s not just 5,7,5 syllables. It has to be powerful with carefully chosen words, syncopation and intention. Let me know what this Haiku means to you. I know what it means to me but it’s nice to hear other ideas. Thanks for listening! https://www.kazakers.com
Let’s just say I was somewhere there were challenges with various family “characters”. Although I had to be there it was a time of pandemic frustration and personality clashes. So WTF? https://www.KaZAkers.com
We live in a noisy, noisy world. It’s noisy on the outside and it’s noisy on the inside. Our brains are clickety clack all day long. Add to that: horns, buses, trains, planes, yelling, crying babies, barking dogs and you’ve got one noisy life. Here I give you some ideas on how to get a bit more quiet in your life. https://www.kazakers.com
We give ourselves so much pressure to find out what our life‘s purpose is. And so do teachers, gurus, self-help writers and on and on and on. Not everyone is going to be president of a major country, or write the life-altering novel. Some of us are meant to make a mark during our era or we may not even make an impression until after we are long gone. That has happened to so many writers, poets and authors. Their genius and the beauty of their words was not discovered until later. Don’t let this hamper your creativity and your art. You can make an impression. And do you know how you do that? Keep writing, keep writing, keep writing. (Kind of like Finding Nemo’s “just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming”.)
You can be in the company of Edgar Allan Poe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Carl Sandburg. And how is that? You can self publish just like they did. There are so many ways to get your poetry out into the world. And here I give you a few ideas. https://kazakers.com
Often writers and poets, especially, will write according to the “rules”. Of course, we want to be published given that we often have to change our style, technique or voice to suit a publication. What I’ve seen as of late is that is less and less of a requirement. Individual voices who are expressing themselves beautifully and who may adhere to some rules, but break others are getting a platform. It’s kind of that baseball adage from the film Field of Dreams “if you build it, they will come”. I have really enjoyed seeing and participating in the resurrection of some more “obscure“ styles of writing poetry. They were “styles“ but they had much broader parameters and less boundaries. Let’s push those boundaries. Write what you love and people will definitely read it. I’ve become less and less about adhering to what someone else wants and more and more about writing what I want and finding the publications, contests, etc. who are looking for what I write. Unique, individual, not normative. We absolutely have to make a living. We have bills to pay and ourselves or families to support. However, if right now you are not supporting yourself with your writing or some kind of writing don’t stop. Keep writing. A mass that collection of works. Then throw the spaghetti against the wall and see what sticks. kazakers.com
Too many poets think if they’re not following the requisite rules, formats, techniques, demands of high-end publications that it’s useless. I’m here to tell you that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Whether you write more conventionally or you have embraced more obscure styles it’s all incredibly necessary. Whether people read it and love it, or read it and hate it it doesn’t matter. They’ve read it. If they’re scratching their heads they’re thinking about it. And you never know when someone might come back a week later or a month or even a year and say “wow, at first I didn’t get it but I sat with it and now it has become one of my favorite poems because it really hit home for me“. Whether you’re published in major, medium or minor publications, it doesn’t matter. Publish it yourself. Start a poetry blog, website, post on Medium, start a newsletter and send to friends and have them send it to others. Build your readership. It might take a little longer, it might take more work than if you just handed everything over to a publication, but it also might be much more rewarding. I’m not slamming any publications. I’m a published poet and I would love to be published more but I’ve also embraced some less than “standard“ styles. That’s because that’s me. https://kazakers.com
There used to be a saying: “everything old, is new again”. But is it? Are we relegated to rehashing, retelling and regurgitating the same ol’, same ol’? There are some forms of poetry that have become obscure and, as far as I’m concerned, did not have enough exposure. Unique, interesting, unusual, and thought – provoking. Where is your unique voice? Are you just recycling and regurgitating other peoples’ writing and poetry forms, styles, techniques and voices? Try something new and make it gorgeous, ugly, gut-wrenching, hilarious or head-scratching. Jump in the deep end and I guarantee you will float. kazakers.com
If you’re a standup comedian, a teacher, a historian, a student, a professor, a songwriter, or in business management - you are a writer! It’s important to keep you in your writing. That’s when you are set apart from others.
In many circles bodily noises are considered to be rude. Especially for women. I am continuously surrounded by men and they are not shy about releasing a “tummy bubble” or a “tail scutter”. Follow along with me for this amusing tale of the noises we make and how they are perceived.
I don’t know about you but every day is something new and different during this pandemic. I’ve noticed patterns for myself in the last few months. I noticed what is making me cranky, a.k.a. dull, and what is helping me stay more content. You may recognize some of these yourself. Enjoy. https:// kazakers.com
Welcome back books and thank you writers! The written word is not dead a d neither is the paper back or hard back book. There has been a resurgence Of writing and reading. AND we are all the better for it. We are not just reading on our phones, laptops or Kindles. We are buying books – most likely at a discount, but we are still buying them – and turning the pages. There’s just something about holding a book in your hand. Popular writers are definitely being read but new, lesser known and emerging writers are having the opportunities to be discovered. That is terrific for so many of us. Want to find out where to find that book you’re looking for? I’ve got a bunch of ideas and they aren’t all on the big A. https://www.kazakers.com
Whether you are a writer or a reader you have seen them. What are they? Mistakes! Grammatical, spelling, syntax, punctuation-and I’m not just talking about in casual writing. I’m talking about in published writing. Writing in books, magazines, newspapers, online magazines, blogs… you name it. I know it happens. I know sometimes no matter how many editors, how many eyes, how many computer programs that the copy has been sent through a mistake sneaks in. I’m talking about obvious and glaring mistakes that show the author was rushed, didn’t care, didn’t know better, or, or, or. Here I send you through a checklist of things to look for to make sure you’re writing- when it’s published- hits the mark. https://www.kazakers.com
Here is the simplest of simple meditations. You’re busy. You need to get to writing. So to bring you to that place of peace and focus this meditation is a must for you. It may it may not seem like much to you but it is a powerhouse! https://www.kazakers.com
Once we discover that meditation is helpful, and easy, we can incorporate it into our daily and writing life. Here I give you another meditation pointer AND it’s quick and simple. You’ll be saying to yourself “ I need to be doing this before every writing session”. Plus, it’s so simple, you will do it! https://www.kazakers.com
Focus, motivation, flow, inspiration are all important factors in writing. But we need to get there. Taking just 5 minutes can make all the difference!! I have some ideas for you. https://www.kazakers.com
Don’t lose your originality and writing identity with bad punctuation, grammar and spelling mistakes or emulating other “successful” writers. Be fearless with your own voice. Do your writing homework and research to help inspire you. Be careful with colloquialisms, and obliterating all the nitty gritty rules of writing. I’ve got some insights for you to help make you a better writer. Let’s start with the basics and work from there.
Where can we find the inspiration for our writing? Sometimes it is as close as our own experiences. You don’t need to “tell all” but you can certainly pass on your experiences in one way or another as “fodder” for your writing. I share a little tidbit about Stephen King and how he is inspired. Thanks for listening! Be good to yourself, be good to others and we will be meeting here again soon. https://www.kazakers.com
If you write in more than one genre did you ever get stuck? Lose steam? Come to a fork in the road and both roads are blocked? A dear friend of mine has a brilliant idea on how to break through those issues. I’m sharing it here with you. It’s simple but to me it’s revolutionary! Thanks for listening. https://www.kazakers.com
Welcome to my brand new podcast! The second podcast I am hosting here on Anchor! You can also check out “Are You Sure About This?” That podcast contains humorous and thought-provoking writing. A publisher once gave me their “rules for writing poetry“. While I’m sure there are a lot of publishers who feel this way, I think it’s important to break the rules. And often. That’s what sets us apart. That’s what catches the eye. That’s what makes writing exciting. So here are the rules I was given and the rules I came up with. Enjoy! https://www.kazakers.com