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  • Arshad Ansari (6/27/2005 4:12:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    I have submitted some of my poems today. I am not sure whether my poems deserver to be here. But then, i feel elated when i read them myself. Maybe, someone would enjoy it at least, if not appreciate it. I am writing poems in my second language and i have not done intense studies in the language either.

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    • RoJa Mitchell (7/12/2005 7:18:00 PM) Post reply

      i´ve posted some poems in english too, my first language it´s spanish.... i know it´s hard, but, i think everyone here it´s willing to help us amateurs out.. anyway, i´m about to read your poems, may ... more

  • Gwilym Williams (6/27/2005 10:37:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    To improve your poetry writing you must read, read, read and read the really good poetry by the top poets: Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney, Dylan Thomas, R S Thomas etc. or in America and other lands many others. And then you must stand on their shoulders, take a deep breath and go for it. But you must never quit with the reading. Probably you should read 20 great poems for every moderate one you wish to write. There are no short cuts! And there are no excuses! There are some great poems and poets on this very site. What are you waiting for? Oh a final thought, if you read rubbish you'll write rubbish. Read the best you can find. Expand your vocabulary. Here endeth the first lesson!

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    • Sherry Pedersen-Thrasher (7/15/2005 9:31:00 AM) Post reply

      I could not agree more. I have been told that for every poem we write we should read one hundred others. Yes, there are certainly no shortcuts in this arena. A very thought provoking post. Please ... more

  • Rachael Boczek (6/26/2005 11:40:00 AM) Post reply

    New to this site and I've read a few poems, some just were plain sick but funny! Some were amazing and I'm going to start writing my own poems onto here when I get the guts to face your cruel judgement! HAHA! Nah been told I was pretty good but that dosent matter till you all vote, leave comments on my poetry too if you please. Thanks.

  • Rookie - 679 Points john tiong chunghoo (5/31/2005 12:20:00 PM) Post reply | Read 3 replies

    i find poetry very therapeutic. it gets ideas that come out of my mind into words and help me realise a better part of myself. i mean it gives me another dimension of myself. poetry should be used as a tool to help people know the different aspects of their existence and in psychiatry to help troubled people.

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    • Sara S (2/13/2009 7:39:00 PM) Post reply

      I totally agree... it helped (still helps) me.....

    • Sara S (2/13/2009 7:38:00 PM) Post reply

      I totally agree- it really helped (still helps) me........

    • Kelly marie Berry (3/3/2006 3:26:00 AM) Post reply

      can i say that i think that you are dead right. i had problems and found poetry helped me so it can help

  • Rookie - 679 Points mujjj bilk (5/29/2005 10:23:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply


    i recently learned (from others) that i'm pretty talented at writing poetry. Please, experienced poets, let me know your opinion.

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    • Eric Paul Shaffer (7/4/2005 5:10:00 PM) Post reply

      Jamie-I read the first five of your poems. As a beginner, you probably need to read some poems as you begin your attempts at writing lines of your own. At this point, I suggest you read 20 poems for ... more

  • Rookie - 679 Points Velmar Pewee Hale Johnson (5/26/2005) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    I have a problem which I was wondering perhaps others might also have. When I type my poems correctly, then click on submit, the poem has some of my words misspelled. Such as when I write the word drop, it posts as dropp. There are a few other words that mess up like that as well. Anyone else experiencing this problem besides me?

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    • Richard George (6/24/2005 1:26:00 AM) Post reply

      You bet... Michael Shepherd has a funny poem about 'the pleonastic p'. I try and be 'philosophical' about it: there are so few outlets for us to publish our poetry. It's still a flea bite though.

  • Rookie - 679 Points Seán O' Muiriosa (5/25/2005 4:18:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    Hey everyone! I'm just after logging on to poemhunter tonight to find one of my poems with a rating of 2.6 out of 21 votes. I posted this poem last night and I actually thought it was one of my better ones... obviously that’s not what a lot of people think. If anyone can give me their view on my poem or their insight I would be very grateful, and hey even if you do think it’s bolocks, that’s fine! I just want to get a few opinions. Please feel free to send me a message or whatever or post back here. You can check it out at:

    http: //www.poemhunter.com/p/m/poem.asp? poet=56229&poem=1229559

    Cheers, Seán

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    • Seán O' Muiriosa (5/26/2005 4:26:00 PM) Post reply

      Thanks very much Andrew and Velmar for responding to my initial message. It has been an education! Please feel free to get in touch with me, anyone with any tips or even just for a chat. Thank ... more

  • Rookie - 679 Points Sunny Albright (5/18/2005 7:30:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    Hello poemhunters! I hear there are some good discussions happening over here so I decided to peek in and introduce myself. I've really just recently discovered that I enjoy reading and writing poetry, and I am very interested in broadening my knowledge of this craft. I look forward to participating in this forum!

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    • Ikazoboh Austine Jeffrey (12/10/2005 9:23:00 AM) Post reply

      welcome sunny, you are in the right place and you will soon get to meet great minds like micheal sherpherd and max.

  • Rookie - 679 Points Michael Shepherd (5/12/2005 1:14:00 PM) Post reply

    JC, your good news would be perfectly placed as 'poetry news' on the other, poetics page.

  • Rookie - 679 Points Michael Shepherd (5/6/2005 12:33:00 PM) Post reply

    Thanks for that and the original, PH. It's always stood out in her work - even just her singing of those two words...

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