Tuesday, July 9, 2013

10 Guerrilla Poetry Projects By Alison Nastasi

10 Guerrilla Poetry Projects

“I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word,” Emily Dickinson once wrote. It’s with that notion in mind that writers have assembled as guerrilla poets, leaving their words on billboards, street corners, and inside books. We discovered a guerrilla poetry project earlier this week on Booooooom, featured below, and wanted to share other unexpected and unconventional poems that have popped up around the world.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Boston Glob: Revising your writing again? Blame the Modernists

How self-editing became the first commandment of literature
By Craig Fehrman

It’s tough to get a room full of writers to agree on anything—the best wine, the best Shakespeare play, the best time of day to work. Perhaps the only belief that today’s writers share is that to produce good writing, you have to revise.

This principle appears everywhere—in classrooms, in newsrooms, in writing guides, and especially in author interviews. “I’ve done as many as 20 or 30 drafts of a story,” Raymond Carver once told The Paris Review. “Never less than 10 or 12 drafts.” Joyce Carol Oates, who is so prolific she leaves other authors shaking their heads, has said: “I revise all the time, every day.” Even comedian Jim Gaffigan, author of the new book “Dad is Fat,” recently urged NPR’s listeners to “keep going back and rewriting things to make it clear.”

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