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WELCOME TO NANCY'S POETRY REVIEW FORUM
}I began this little review forum a few years ago. I had the pleasure of reading some fine pieces. There is a fine group of writers on this site and I am happy to read so many quite excellent poems.
My forum design is pretty straightforward.You post your poem at the bottom of the page using the bitem method. If you have specific things you want help with, just ask. I am not always the fastest at doing reviews. Life happens; my computer goes haywire; errands must be run; family time must be celebrated. But hang in there. I will get to you.
My Reviewing Style;
"I like to say that I write poems for a stranger who will be born in some distant country hundreds of years from now. It reminds me that everything necessary must be on the page. I must make a complete poem". -- Mary Oliver
My reviewing style is easy going, pretty specific, yet kind. I'm not here to bash your piece. But when I read a poem I will notice the rhythm of the words and how easily they flow. Is there a smoothness? I will look at form, meter, and style. I look at the way a piece is formatted ~ how it reads from the page. Is there sound in the verse that draws a reader in a unique way? Are the lines composed melodically? If there is rhyme, is this forced, awkward; or does rhyme add naturally to the whole? I look for imagery in the poem. Imagery allows you to paint emotions, experiences, objects, and time so the reader is transported to that scene. A poem should sound effortless, as if it were a feather dropped by an angel from the sky. A reader wants to be left with a sense of astonishment, a feeling of awe and satisfaction, at having traveled with you through your poem. Images, texture, color and tone ~ a good poem is a fine painting; it is a finished melody on the piano. You hear each note and breathe the rhythm. You come away with a visual and emotional reaction. You want to read more.
Cutting is such an important part of writing. Read your piece and cut "filler" words. These are words that fill up space. If you have used six words in a line ~ I bet two of those words are "fillers". They say nothing, mean nothing. Read your piece aloud. You'll begin to hear where the sound is hard, where it is soft. If you stumble over a word or a phrase ~ take it out. Re-write, revise. And after you have finished your first draft, I suggest you stick it in a drawer for two weeks. Remove it, read it aloud. Does it have stanzas which stumble, awkward imagery, phrases long and banal? You WILL know what's wrong, and you'll become excited to write a third, fourth, fifth draft. You're a poet!
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