We’re All Scary in Our Own Way

by Elle Vue   Sometimes I feel like Frankenstein’s monster. Steadily observing, learning, and mimicking. Trying to figure out where I went wrong. I read books by some man named Milton trying to decipher heaven from hell and sinners from saints and wondering where the grey area went. If I follow the rules I’m rejectedContinue reading “We’re All Scary in Our Own Way”

Websites All Poets Should Visit

by Elle Vue 1. Publishing Tools: Poets & Writers: pw.org “Poets & Writers” posts about different writing contests, Literary Magazines, contains database to research different presses, advice articles on publishing, and guides. Submittable: submittable.com Magazines and presses post listings and ask for poets to submit their work for review. The listing usually states a topic,Continue reading “Websites All Poets Should Visit”

Prompt: Write About a Greek God or Goddess

Brainstorming ideas: 1. Pick a God or Goddess For example: Hades: Olympian God of the Underworld Hera: Olympian Queen of the Gods, Goddess of Marriage & Birth Athena: Olympian Goddess of Wisdom & War 2. What powers do they hold? Hades: Has the ability to become invisible. Hera: Can bless or curse a marriage. Athena:Continue reading “Prompt: Write About a Greek God or Goddess”

How to: Show Instead of Tell

By Elle Vue What is “Show Don’t Tell?” When workshopping poetry everyone always screams, “show us, don’t tell us!” But what does this mean? I feel like I’m already showing. How do I put my abstract ideas into concrete sentences? “Show don’t tell” does not necessarily mean one should add more adjectives to frame theContinue reading “How to: Show Instead of Tell”

Reclaiming Pink by Elle Vue

   I am a flamingo, more resilient standing on one foot than you on two. I am a starburst, delectably sweet and decayer of teeth. I am a rose quartz, captivating but cutting edge. I am a blushing rose, pleasant on the eyes but not if you touch me. I am a grapefruit, sour untilContinue reading “Reclaiming Pink by Elle Vue”

Revising Poetry: Syntax, Diction, and Play

by Elle Vue How To: Mechanically: 1. Look at the syntax in your poem– the arrangement of your words and phrases. Syntax includes much more than just grammar, it helps provide rhythm, structure, and tone in the poem. ◆ Is the meaning of each sentence clear? This may seem like an obvious mistake to lookContinue reading “Revising Poetry: Syntax, Diction, and Play”