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

 

 

for-words 10 16 2014

​Thursday, October 16, 2014


Here in the epigraph for the poem posted on New Verse News today is an interesting prompt.


You Receive A Present From Someone You Haven’t Seen In A Long Time.
Who’s It From? What’s Inside?
                                ---Writing prompt at Jubilee Partners ESOL Program for Refugees, Comer, Ga.
  


Margaret (Peggy) Rozga

author of Though I Haven't Been to Baghdad

and 200 Nights and One Day

 

 

for - words 10 14 14

Social Justice, Libraries, and Poetry

 

Joining Jim Madigan of the Oak Park (Illinois) Public Library on a panel at the Illinois Library Association meeting.  We'll discuss collaborative project possibilities for public libraries using the models of March to Equality and Freedom Summer 50 that I helped with in Milwaukee.

Margaret (Peggy) Rozga

author of Though I Haven't Been to Baghdad

and 200 Nights and One Day

 

 

for - words 10 13 2014

I'm proud to announce that my essay "Community Inclusive:  A Poetics to Move Us Forward" is included in a new book, Local Ground(s).  Here's a link:

http://cowfeatherpress.org/midwestpoetics.html 

{Cowfeather Press} : [Local Ground(s)]
Information about Cowfeather Press, a project of Verse Wisconsin, publishing books by Wisconsin poets.


Margaret (Peggy) Rozga

author of Though I Haven't Been to Baghdad

and 200 Nights and One Day

 

 

 

for - words 05 23 2014

Looking forward to reading Though I Haven't Been to Baghdad in DC, Sunday, June 1st. 

 

MARGARET ROZGA & MARY-SHERMAN WILLIS

JOAQUIN MILLER POETRY SERIES

 

The Word Works presents poets Margaret Rozga and Mary-Sherman Willis on Sunday, June 1, 2014, 3:00 p.m. at Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road, NW, Washington, DC 20015.  The public is invited to this free event.

 

 

Margaret (Peggy) Rozga

author of Though I Haven't Been to Baghdad

and 200 Nights and One Day

 

 
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