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Poetry Sundays with Stacia: A Conversation with Tara Betts.

Just a quick reminder that I’m blogging about poetry over at on Sundays. This week, we feature an interview with the lovely, gracious, wonderful poet Tara Betts whose book, Arc & Hue, was released September 1.

Here’s one of my favorite excerpts from our conversation:

There is no easy path to writing. It’s hard work and you have to read deeply and widely. Don’t just read things that you relate to or that mirror your experience. Read about what you find different, unusual, informative. When you do sit down to read anything look at the structure, the word choice, the turns, each sentence or each line. Take notes. Reading can teach you a lot about what you want to write or don’t want to write.

Read the rest of the article here.


slb is a writer and professor in Baltimore, MD.

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