Submission Call Out: Verandah Literary and Art Journal #28 Seeking Poetry

                Verandah is a literary and visual art journal published in Melbourne, Australia. Founded as a student-run publication, the first issue launched in 1986. Originally situated beneath the shade of the vast verandah’s surrounding Victoria College, a place in which the journal takes its namesake. The publication puts emphasis […]

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It’s National Poetry Month!

Hello, Dear Reader! We’re so glad you’re here. Welcome to National Poetry Month at MetreMaids.com. Throughout the month, we’ll be bringing in various perspectives on poetry from some of our favorite poets and poetry lovers. From the very beginning, one of the goals here at Metre Maids has been to make poetry fun again. To […]

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Social Skills for Poets

It’s the launch party for my teen poetry collection Dog at the End of the World in three days, and a terrible thought has struck me: I’m going to have to mingle. Now, I’m sure there was a point in my life where I had social skills, (mostly chatting up graduate students at English faculty events,) […]

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Ask A Twitter Poet, Volume 2: What topic (not abstract, but concrete) shows up most in your poems?

Welcome to the second edition of Ask a Twitter Poet.  This week I was thinking about how often water comes up in my writing.  Maybe because I’m from New England, grew up on the coast, and then lived in New York city before moving to Texas where, well, we’re basically landlocked.  I dream a lot […]

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Ask A Twitter Poet, Volume 1: What is the greatest tool in your poetry arsenal?

Welcome to what I hope will become a regular feature here at Metre Maids.  My plan is to regularly ask Twitter a question via the @MetreMaids account (if you don’t already follow us, get on that!) and cross my fingers for some good, creative, and interesting answers.  This week I’ve been thinking a lot about […]

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Space : the way a poem looks

This is probably a great segue from Sarah’s piece on Exquisite Corpse, going from collaborative word vomit to then, editing and refining. In the beginning, writing is simply about itself. But it’s also about the way a poem looks at you and this is just as important as looking at a poem. Both are essentially […]

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Review of some poems I found on twitter using the hashtag #poem.

I quested into the darkest recesses of twitter for something like verse. Now, I like twitter. But the results, friends, were disappointing…. this muse /is a rip-current of creation /yanking you back under /over and over /until only the muse /can save you#poem — Robert Smith (@rasmithii) May 16, 2012 **— 2  stars Five retweets, twelve […]

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Why I win at NaPoWriMo

It’s quite simple: Today is May 4th and I am on poem 28. Assuming I write two more poems in the next few days, I will have done NaPoWriMo five times. By “done” I mean I’ll have written 30 poems, in quick succession, with no regard for their quality, around April-kind-of-time in five separate years. […]

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Get to know the Metre Maids! Amber Beilharz interviews Helen Harvey

1. Which writer pulls you out of your personal coma? Diana Wynne Jones is always my go-to writer. DWJ writes plots that are compelling but intricate, in a style that is flawless yet invisible. You get dragged through effortlessly and you don’t feel cheap at the end because putting all the plot’s pieces together is usually quite difficult. […]

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