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How to Improve Your Poetry Skills | Writing Forward

These tips will help you improve your poetry skills so you can evolve as a serious poet.

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Colleen Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is a writer of cross-genre fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Her debut novel, a YA fantasy series called, “The Heart Stone Chronicles - The Swamp Fairy,” was published January 2017.

The book reveals the story of Abby Forrester, a 14-year-old orphaned girl who is entrusted with saving a community of fairy nymphs from certain ecological destruction. Along the way, Abby learns about friendship, love, and what it means to actually belong to a family.

Colleen’s writing explores ecological situations in the multicultural world of today. She combines real-life historical events into her writing to create experiences that will continue in the hearts and heads of her readers.

A veteran of the United States Air Force, Colleen is also a retired bookkeeper. She has an Associates Degree in Business Administration, and another Associates Degree in the Arts, which she uses to combine her love of writing with her passion for all things creative.

When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband, dogs, children, and grandchildren. When time permits, she also loves gardening, cooking, and crocheting old fashioned doilies into works of artistry.

She lives in the United States with her husband and her two Pomeranians, Sugar, and Spice. You can learn more about Colleen and her writing on her website

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  1. I’m on the fence about some of the advice. How does one know if the poetry one is reading is good, worthy of emulation. The classics?
    What came first, the poem or the form?
    Reading about how haiku came from Renga did not change my haiku.
    I would also encourage people to avail themselves of free MOOCs like Modern Poetry from Yale here: for an academic perspective. Aldo, Coursers & NovoEd.

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    1. I hoped this post would create some dialog. If a piece of prose (poetry) speaks to me and makes me feel something, I consider it good. In college, I loved the idea of free form and how those words are as powerful as the classics. Our words need to speak to our readers. Rap music is and sounds like poetry to me. I’m sure by proper definition it doesn’t fit but that doesn’t mean it isn’t good or doesn’t touch us. I will check out your link. ❤


      1. And I think Rap does fit the definition, but I like very little of it. Slam poetry doesn’t do it for me either. It’s like a movie is to a good book. When I read a poem I am invested in it emotionally. When I see Performance Art, I’m distracted, can’t let go of my left brain and just experience and enjoy it.
        I just think it’s SOOOO subjective and all that “learn the right way,” rubs me as exclusionary elitism.
        I hope you get more dialogue than my tired diatribe. 😁

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        1. LOL! Some of the early rap was pure poetry. I don’t abide the nasty stuff. I only wanted to share and agree with you that if the words move us, they can be poetry or poetic. BTW, I can’t get your link to work. It downloads but won’t let me into the classes. 😦


          1. Excellent! Thank you. I took a similar class at Montana State University, “British Literature.” We went into great detail on the poets. One of my favorite classes ever. Thanks again for the amazing link!


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        1. Hey, this comment does it belong here! I wrote it in reply to a completely different post! I’m so sorry that it ended up here. I genuinely have no idea how that happened. It’s all true, though. I really do like fall. 🙂

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