Writing Poetry Tips, Part Two: Write it, Own it

A Short Writing Lesson

Anonymous poets are cowards. Either the poet lacks confidence in their words and is seeking feedback without ridicule, or the poet is writing something offensive and/or controversial and is afraid of reprisals.

Either way, shame on you!

If you expect me to read your poem, you need to offer some kind of identification. I don't care if it's a pseudonym. If you don't respect your work enough to tell me who you are, I won't respect it enough to read it. I'm not going to mock your poetry if it's bad (okay, maybe I will... but not to your face!). Writing, especially poetry, takes practice. Not every poet, not every poem is good, but, be proud of your work. If you're not proud enough to put your name on it, why should I waste my time reading it? I'm not going to hate you if you spout a different opinion then mine, even if it's a mean or hateful one.If you're going to be controversial and be anonymous, you lose all credibility.

Unless your life would be in danger for what you've written, there's no excuse. I don't allow it in my poetry workshops. No one should.

I won't hate you, but I might hate your work if you don't put our name on it.

Write it. Own it.




all rights reserved. Copyright Justin W. Price November 10th, 2011


Thanks for Reading.

PDXKaraokeGuy, also known as Justin W. Price, is the managing editor at Efiction Horror. Husband to Andrea, father to two dogs. writer.poet.baseball fan. tattooed. He is am amateur theologian with a rabid sweet tooth.He resides in a suburb of Portland, Oregon.He has a poetry book available for Amazon Kindle, and also maintains a blog, FirstBlog. His work has been featured in the Crisis Chronicles, efiction Magazine, The Hellroaring Review, the Bellwether Review, EFiction Humor and the Rusty Nail. Please visit his profile page for more information. Thanks!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Jeremy, I still don't see the connection. Call me obtuse!


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goego 4 years ago from Loserland


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Jeremy, I'mn a little confused by your comment, but thanks for leaving it!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Audrey. I'm pleased you enjoyed this and glad you stopped by again!


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goego 4 years ago from Loserland

Hey about a week ago you shared Nun for fun, did you see the volcano comin'??? Strange, 33,000 evacuated, good timing my friend... What time ya' got


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Came back for another read! And this info is always valuable to see again!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

PearlDiver, I'd be happy to interview you. Any time.


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Pearldiver 4 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

I write about my life and experiences... bear my soul and spare no horses... But my name is that of a Pro Skater and dude.... Pro Skaters don't do poetry, without their board brands anyhow! I agree with your point of view though Justin! Maybe when I can write better than I do.. you can interview me.. hahaha! Take Care my friend.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

fair enough, Blake. Fair enough


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blake4d 4 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings

I write but I own you. So take that. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Mary: whatever title you want to give (or not give yourself) is irrelevant to me. As long as you enjoy what you're doing, it doesn't matter to me. You're a great writer.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I enjoy writing poems; some rhyme, some dont', some just say what I want to say. I don't profess to be a poet, I'll leave that distinction for those who are sure they are poets.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

debby, i think it's actually easier :-)


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago

Okay. Glad you clarified that. [I'm not used to viewing most recent at the top. Hahahahaha]


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Caroline, thank you. i like being agreed with.

debby, I don't consider pseudonyms to be anonymous. They do offer some kind of identification. it's the people that publish without any kind of identification that annoy me.

thanks for writing. Always nice to see you!


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago

Hi Justin ~ what happened to the "pen name" and "pseudo nom?" Geisel was best known by the pseudonym 'Dr. Seuss' as an example. Sometimes people test the waters before they release to the world their identity. Some people may have a number of identities. If you are in a classroom setting, then that may be different. Always in appreciation for your thoughts. Blessings, Debby


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carolinemd21 5 years ago from Close to Heaven

PDX I totally agree with you! Well written.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

audrey, I think that's the power of poetry. if you're not being honest, even to yourself, then your poetry will suffer.

Carlon,I did your e mail. i have finals coming up so if I take awhile to get back to you, don't take it personal!


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Carlon Michelle 5 years ago from USA

Whew, I'm glad I had my name on my request for you to read my poem. You're tough. LOL. Thanks too for your comment on it. Smile!


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AudreyHowitt 5 years ago from California

I always have a moment before I push "publish" where I wonder will it be good enough--will anyone besides me get it--will anyone read it or care---but I love writing and I always want to own what I have done--but all this may change if and when I get slammed hard enough--I guess I understand the "cowardly" thing--although it is hard to hide-


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

North wind, thank you. If you've been a coward, then I'd hate to see what you DON'T right. you seem pretty bold and brave to me. Thanks for reading and sharing and commenting!


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North Wind 5 years ago from The World (for now)

Good point.On the internet a lot of people post anonymously afraid that they will somehow be judged. Some post anonymously because they know their opinion is not a favorite one. Others still post anonymously because they do not say the things they think out loud in real life and wish they could.

Poetry is personal. Anyone who claims it isn't doesn't get it at all. A poem is a fingerprint of the author's soul.

Had to edit to add that I sometimes am a bit of a coward PDX!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Jamie, that's all I ask. I'm easy!


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jhamann 5 years ago from Reno NV

I'll write and own it and hope to hear from you whether you love it OR hate it. Jamie


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

horseback, I very much appreciate your clever comment. it's much appreciated, though, this HUB has been read many times and I have many many friends, including you. Thanks as always for your thoughtful comment and for reading my HUB, even though,it seems, you disagree with it.

Till, same here. I've never been shy about my work or what i have to say, good or bad


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tillsontitan 5 years ago from New York

I guess the egotist in me doesn't understand not identifying your work! Good or bad, it's what you created. I think part of the problem in the world today is people don't own up to their behavior - writing or otherwise.


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ahorseback 5 years ago

Idealist statements as such

aren't really read all that much

If you want to grow as you age

drop such self absorbed rage

Open yur mind and sheath your pen

who knows ....you might make a friend


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

sue, Thank u. I agree. I don't like every poem I read, but I like every poem i read that has a name on it more then the one's without the name. Thanks for reading and commenting!


Sueswan 5 years ago

Everybody has different taste and one person's poetry may not appeal to everybody but still we should be proud of our work and put our name on it.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

amy, it's important to be courageous, no matter what you have to say. Not only do I loathe the message of the KKK, but the fact that they hide their faces attests to their cowardice. Thank u so much for commenting and never be afraid to speak your mind or say what you feel!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

I dunno. I don't actually teach poetry outside of these hubs, but I'd like too and I've written lots and critiqued lots. Poetry has a very broad definition, but rhyming doesn't make you a poet. From what I've read of yours on the Hub, you're a poet, at least in the sense that you've written poems :-)

Thanks for reading!


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

PDX, Your words remind me of my ex, who used to roll his eyes at my Letters to the Editor at the STL Post-Dispatch, saying "someday someone is going to assasinate you". My reply was "I'd rather die standing up for what I believe than never have a voice". Even if the words incite anger, I would never write them if I didn't have the courage to claim them. Great topic that makes for a great read.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

I think i understand. Can't a person just be a rhymer of words and not be a poet..I,in no way feel that i'm a poet, but i love to rhyme. Since you are a teacher and know poetry, couldn't this be true? Did i make any sense at all? Cheers


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

@ Prasiteo: follow your heart, my friend. Thanks for the best wishes.

@ Will- this was offering more practical advice and stemmed from a physical poetry workshop where poets wanted to remain anonymous. This is essentially what I told them. I figured it was good advice beyond HUB Pages since Hub Pages is only one form of publication.

Thank you both for stopping by!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

How can we be anonymous on HubPages? What am I missing here?


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love your tips. But I don't have any courage to write poem. Thanks for share with us. I got new motivation after reading this hub. Success for you. Have a nice weekend!

Prasetio


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Denise, absolutely, but I feel poetry is more personal for a lot of people and you're more likely to run into anonymity.

Andrea, I agree. it shows a lack of confidence in yourself and disrespectful to the reader.

Thanks for reading!


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Andrea333 5 years ago

yep. agree with you on this. seriously. if a person isn't at the very LEAST going to stand up and defend their art, than what ARE they going to stand up for?


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Hmmm, could this apply to any writing, not just poetry?

Interesting views. Thanks for sharing.

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