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I am looking for someone who can tell me if i should keep up my work of poetry.
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Greetings, Jessica...

NO ONE can tell you if your poetry is good or if you should continue to write.

There is no "good" or "bad" poetry any longer, as most of what is written nowadays isn't even poetry, but is more of a free-style.

There is only one, true type of poetry and that is lyrical prose...which tells a story and rhymes.

Think of the old greats of poetry...Keats, Rossetti, Poe...etc.

Much of non-rhyming poetry today isn't poetry at all, but random (but sometimes, meaningful) thoughts on paper.

The term, "poetry" has come to stand for anything short and written in stanzas, when in actuality, that is not truly the case of what makes poetry.

However...times and attitudes toward writing change and poetry was one of the first casualties of those changing times.

Writing TRUE poetry is hard work, as you must take into account rhyming ability and cadence, both of which make, or break, a poem.

Without either of those two qualities, what is now deemed, "poetry" is just words, is easy to write and takes no talent.

So, with that in mind, in today's world of what poetry has become...don't let anyone tell you that you need to stop writing.

The poetry snobs like myself (my poetry is written in the style of old, though I have dabbled in "free-hand" - another term given to the non-rhyming poetry of now) are few and far between and we are vastly outnumbered.

In fact...I own a magazine that accepts poetry and 99% of what I receive is free-hand. I have no choice but to accept it because so few people have the true talent it takes to write real poetry.

With that in mind...don't let anyone stop you. Write what you like, write as much as you like and write until you're content.

There is no longer a "judge" of poetry.

Times have indeed, changed...

Good luck and I hope this answer helped you.

~Andrea

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I can answer all questions on the writing of standard prose (rhyming) poetry, formatting, stanzas and rhyming issues. I have limited knowledge of the writing of freestyle poetry (non rhyming poetry--because I do not see it as poetry and therefore have no use for it) so I may or may not be able to help you with the writing of it, but can help with the formatting of it. My knowledge lies extensively in the workings of standard prose poetry. I CAN NOT help you (so PLEASE do not waste my time or yours) with the following types of questions: 1. "What is the name of this poem/what poem-book, etc is this line from" 2. Where can I find "such and such" book 3. Homework questions. For instance: "Show me an example of", "Define 'this' for me," "What does this mean", etc. These are homework questions easily searchable by the Internet where answers are more than likely already provided. I WILL NOT DO YOUR HOMEWORK FOR YOU!!! My expertise is on the WRITING of rhyming poetry only.

Experience

Acclaimed poet. Published for 20 years. Poetry Editor for the world famous Chancery House. My poetry appears on their e-cards.

Publications
In the Garden of Death by Michelle Moore. My poetry was used as an accompaniment to her cemetery photography. My poetry graces the fabulous e-cards for the Chancery House My poetry appears on the Love in 3-D e-cards Number of poems published on Sensual Venus Published in NexGen Pulp Magazine

Education/Credentials
Experienced poet of over 20 years, acclaimed and a recognized name in the industry of prose poetry for many years.

Past/Present Clients
Far too many to name through my magazine Worlds Within Worlds Beyond. I have aided many poetry careers thanks to contributor's work appearing in my magazine.

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