[VIDEO WRITING ADVICE & INSPIRATION]

 

ADVICE…

PAUL MULDOON on knowing when a poem is done


PAUL MULDOON on poetry’s most important guideline


PAUL MULDOON on reasons behind line breaks


JORIE GRAHAM shares the advice that’s helped most with her own writing


PHILIP LEVINE ANSWERS THE QUESTION: Mr. Levine, in advising my students on that all-important revision process, I ask them to be wary of passive voice, negative constructions and adverbs. Do your revisions entail particular focus points, or are there other revision strategies you would share with us that make your poetry come alive with such vivid poignancy?


PHILIP LEVINE answers the question: “I’m 16 and live a pretty normal life. What should I write about if I don’t think I have interesting things to write about yet? Where do you get your ideas from and how do you keep them fresh and interesting?” …


MARK STRAND shares the advice that’s helped most with his own writing


DONALD HALL shares what kind of readers he imagines in his poems


 

INSPIRATION…


PENS by Death From Below


HE SEEMED LIKE A NICE AXE by Amber Tamblyn


QUIET by Billy Collins


DESPAIR by Billy Collins


Several HAIKU by Billy Collins


SAMURAI SONG by Robert Pinsky, with music improvised by Vijay Iyer, Ben Allison, and Andrew Cyrille


STEPHEN RADIO by Brian Ellis (read with Shira Erlichman)


HUMAN THE DEATH DANCE by Buddy Wakefield


SPINNING TILL YOU GET DIZZY by Patricia Smith


TOTALLY LIKE WHATEVER by Taylor Mali


WHAT TEACHERS MAKE by Taylor Mali


THE GREAT POET RETURNS by Mark Strand


IT IS WHAT IT IS by Paul Muldoon


WIND-GUIDED CHILDREN by Oveous


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