Me at BlogHer.com - How to Write (Better): Even Bad Poetry Can Make You a Better Writer

"How to Write (Better): Even Bad Poetry Can Make You a Better Writer":
I have had a love/hate relationship with poetry, made up of three parts hate and one part love, for the last thirty years when I first discovered it at the age of seven. I was rebelling against the rote memorization of multiplication tables that year, and I grabbed onto the perceived freedom of freeform poetry as my life preserver in a world that was soon to include a structured summer full of remedial math lessons.