A useful difference between simile and metaphor

We've all heard it many times before--similes compare two things through the use of "like" or "as," while metaphors identify one thing as another.  Consider these two examples: My love is like an open sky (simile). My love is an open sky (metaphor). Admittedly, these examples are trite, sentimental, and wouldn't stand a chance of … Continue reading A useful difference between simile and metaphor

Risk sentimentality, unless you’re as good as Thomas Lux

If we exclude Billy Collins and Mary Oliver, Ted Kooser is probably the most most accessible and well-read poet in America today.   His advice for poets, which you can get for about four bucks used in  The Poetry Home Repair Manual, is to risk being sentimental because at least one's poetry won't be dry … Continue reading Risk sentimentality, unless you’re as good as Thomas Lux