We put together some of our best writing tips and techniques. Whether you're an established writer or making your first foray into the world of poetry - we like to think these will be helpful to all poets.
To write effective poetry you have to read loads of poems. Read contemporary poetry as well as poems from the great historic slipstream of verse. However, do not try to approximate the poetic forms and concerns of bygone epochs. Immerse yourself in the ways that contemporary poets are framing their work in terms of structure.
Indeed, think of the word framing when you come to write. Think of the poem more as an assembly of language on the blank space of the page. It is up to you how and where you place your words. A collection of poems is like an exhibition of paintings set against the white walls of a gallery.
Writing poetry is always an exercise in the ultra-specificities of language. Abstraction and opacity are the enemies of good poetry. …