When Writing Poetry Scares the Bejeebers out of us

This is Part Three of a series to understanding and overcoming our fear and/or hatred of poetry written for Wordsmith Studio The summary: 1. Poetry is all about vulnerability. And vulnerability is a bit like sticking your tongue on a frozen light pole. Ripping the poem out of your gut will hurt. Most of us … Continue reading When Writing Poetry Scares the Bejeebers out of us


Help for your Poetic Fears

In a previous post, we ID’d our quavering metrophobes—our dear friends who fear (or hate) a nice meaty Sestina or a Didactic Cinquain or flighty tercet of Sevenlings. I hope we, as poets, have developed a tinge of empathy for our peers. For we, too, if we are completely honest, have walked a mile or … Continue reading Help for your Poetic Fears

Do you have Metrophobia?

Well, do you ? This question may remind you of that famous conversation in A Charlie Brown Christmas that went something like this: Lucy Van Pelt: Are you afraid of responsibility? If you are, then you have hypengyophobia.  Charlie Brown: I don’t think that’s quite it.  Lucy Van Pelt: How about cats? If you’re afraid of cats, you … Continue reading Do you have Metrophobia?