Writing Poetry with Holly Lyn Walrath is a podcast for poets. If you've ever wanted to learn about writing poetry or just need a refresher, this podcast is for you. Poet Holly Lyn Walrath guides listeners through one exercise per episode meant to inspire poets to create unique, beautiful, and well-crafted poems.
Season One of Writing Poetry covers the basics of what a poem is, how to write poems you love, and how to stay inspired as a poet. Each episode touches on an element of the poetry craft, all the while encouraging listeners to experiment and write from the heart.
Episode One: How Poetry Is Different than Fiction
What is poetry anyway? Emily Dickinson said, “If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.” In this episode, I dive into the basics of what makes a poem: a title, line breaks, stanzas, a form or structure, and rhythm or meter. If you've always wanted to try writing a poem or just need writing inspiration, Season One of Writing Poetry has got you covered. While writing poetry is different than writing fiction, that shouldn't discourage you from trying it out! The structure of a poem is what makes it a poem. But as we’ll find out, not all poems look like poems and not all stories look like stories. Writing Exercise: In this episode, we'll try out a simple exercise for writing unique and interesting titles for your poems.
Music for this episode is from Lemon Music Studio and Olexy on Pixabay.
Full Versions of Referenced Poems:
Read "O Captain, My Captain" by Walt Whitman
Read "Meet Me in a Minimalist Poem, Where We Can Wear" by L.L. Barkat
Read "thirst" by Franny Choi from Lambda Literary
Read "For the Sleepwalkers" by Edward Hirsch at The Poetry Foundation
The Practicing Poet by David Kirby
The Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms
A Poet's Glossary by Edward Hirsch