Okay, so what’s with all the pictures? They
all have ears. Ears can be very handy when
writing poetry. Read your poem out loud,
and it will help you to know if the meter,
the rhythm, is working well or not.
It’s also a way to find out if certain words
go well together; if you “stumble” over a
certain part, chances are the reader will,
too. Take the opportunity to fix the problem
ahead of time, by playing with other ways
to build your poem.
To me, poetry is a type of music in words.
Listen to the music of your poem.
If you are unable to speak, or to hear, the
poem, ask a writer friend to help with this.
As I’ve shared before, we want writer friends
who will give kind, honest feedback.
What if it just feels really awkward to read
a poem out loud to yourself? Then you can
read to your dog, or cat – or squirrel?
These tips may be geared more toward writers, but we also welcome
submissions from artists, including musicians and photographers!