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Poetry: October 19, 2022 Issue [#11615]

 This week: Writing Ethics
  Edited by: RedWritingHood♡WDC
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1. About this Newsletter
2. A Word from our Sponsor
3. Letter from the Editor
4. Editor's Picks
5. A Word from Writing.Com
6. Ask & Answer
7. Removal instructions

About This Newsletter

"I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean."


"You will not find poetry anywhere unless you bring some of it with you."

Joseph Joubert (1754-1824)

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Letter from the editor

Writing Ethics

We use ethics in all parts of our lives. Sometimes it’s just about morals and values, and others are all about the law.


I won’t insult you with a definition, as we all hang out at a writing website. However, I would be remiss if I didn’t remind you that plagiarism happens a lot by accident. Always clearly identify any sources per your preferred style (MLA, APA, etc.), as needed.

Plagiarism in poetry?

It’s possible. More often in non-fiction than in fiction, but it’s still possible.

Found poetry uses the found words of others, while the poet reformats those words for a new (hopefully deeper) meaning.

Be safe and cite your sources as clearly as possible.

Writing Research

I research my writing—including my poetry—I might be the only one here that does, but I’m just that kind of poetry nerd. If my poem is set in a certain place or time or the like, I like to know as much as I can as I write my poem. Some things to think about as you research:

--Is it true? (from a quality source)

--Are you respecting the subject? (avoid bias)

--Avoid being libelous (serious and sometimes criminal)

Honor Inspiration

Write a poem after seeing a painting? Write one after hearing a song? Write a poem after reading a book, poem, or other written piece?

If you’re able to, let the author know, and always note the inspiration with your poem.

Source Notes:


Writing challenge: Read some WDC poetry and get inspired! Then write a poem and acknowledge the inspiration

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Editor's Picks

Theme: Found poetry

A Day Never to Be Forgotten  [ASR]
Found Poem made from dialogue from 25 Holocaust survivor testimonies from Shoah Foundation
by Puds

 The Soldier  [13+]
A found poem from the book "Generals Die in Bed"
by IrishRose

 poetry I "found"  [E]
I was looking at the words on the side of the text in Paradise Lost and got this
by Koki

 Self-Image Found  [18+]
a found poem... kinda funny
by JustTurtle

Finding Love Nothing  [13+]
First use of ML. Taken from Webster's dictionary; so this will be the foot(fore)note.
by BKCompton Encased In Carbonite

 Manhunt  [13+]
This poem is a "found poetry" item, written based off Houston Chronicle article.
by freakyredmom

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Comments on last month's newsletter:

From: Wraiths Whirling 'Round
Poem shared: "Fibonacci Spring [E]

Comment: I discovered the same poetic form, but sixteen years too late. Imagine my disappointment when I googled 'fibonacci poem' and found that I couldn't claim any credit for the idea. I did win an awardicon though:

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