Poets and the Art of Writing Poetry


WTP Writer: Robert Peake

One poet and his aspiration for other poets: “crowd sourcing” recommendations to help people find their new favorite poets.

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Rebecca Olander

“Uncertain acrobats, we tightrope between existing and / living, the patient with a new cane and an incomplete grasp / of gravity, the rest of us sinking under too much of it, / jealous of his morphine, of the wishful thinking he floats in.”

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Literary Spotlight: Michael Thurston

Michael Thurston’s haunting poem, from WTP Vol. VI #1, follows the roads and landscape of New England.

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A Poet’s Inspiration: Place as Fluidity

Poet and WTP contributor Lisa Stice contemplates how the context of her life has influenced what she writes about and how she writes her poetry.

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Literary Spotlight: Clodagh Beresford Dunne

A poetic game of childhood Frisbee, from Clodagh Beresford Dunne.

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Literary Spotlight: Tracy May Adair

“Not just any cruise: to a colder place, / that respite might encourage me for another eternity.” Tracy May Adair’s poetry in Vol. V #3.

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Poetry Prompt

The Poet's Pulse


One-on-One Poetry Intensives

Instructor: Sara London,

WTP Poetry Editor

This is a masterclass for anyone who has been writing poems and is eager to revise her/his/their way to even stronger work. Writing effective poems involves a uniquely delicate dance of control and surrender. An initial spark — an image, memory, idea, or language itself — may launch us on a poem with confidence, yet ultimately usher us toward some unexpected wilderness. How do we navigate that line of tension between clear purpose and a poem’s surprising wild side? How do we follow a path of compelling illumination and bring a poem to resonant conclusion? We’ll take a close look at matters of subject, imagery, diction, lineation, rhythm, tone, and more. Students will receive written feedback on work (submitted in advance), tips for future revisions, and reading recommendations. (Number of poems to be determined in pre-conference communication.)

(On acceptance you will be contacted by email to schedule a convenient meeting time.)


Sara London

Sara London headshot

Author of the poetry collections The Tyranny of Milk and Upkeep (forthcoming in 2019), both from Four Way Books. Her poems have appeared in The Hudson Review, Poetry East, The Iowa Review, the Poetry Daily Anthology, The Common, and many other journals. She is also the author of two children’s books, and has reviewed children’s literature for The New York Times Book Review. She earned an MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and later worked at Scribner’s, as fiction editor at Seventeen magazine, and as poetry editor at Special Report. She teaches creative writing and literature at Smith College. www.saralondonwriter.com

Look for our own first WTP Selected Works edition, and a variety of titles and genres by our  Woven Tale Press authors.

cover of Upkeep poetry collection by Sara London