Welcome to my Poet Lady Chat Room. I would like to invite you to click on the chat box and type in a question, a suggestion, submit a poem, in other words – “chat with me.” I may, if you submit a poem, decide to feature it in my Poem of the Week section or, we may simply exchange ideas and suggestions about your poem.

This is a place to “talk” poetry with someone who has loved it all her life. I have a true passion for the possibilities of poetry and would love to hear your thoughts and/or read your poem. I will be happy to offer my reaction to your work and, based on over 40 years of teaching poetry, organizing, and conducting poetry workshops, working as a book review editor for an international poetry magazine, authoring five books of poetry and two textbooks on teaching poetry, send along my thoughts on ways to make your poem stronger and more impactful.

If you’re on my site, you have a connection to poetry. Feel free to connect with me – right here -right now, by typing your message into the “chat box” and clicking send. I’m waiting…

 

Your friend in poetry, Susan

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Started by Dreamer 3 months ago
To stand in a room of faceless screams, To reach out for hands with no fingers,To cry out to these soulless veiled figures.And I keep trying to run, run away, but whyare my legs chained? Chained to nothing.....Maybe if I plead they would let me run. ...
Last replied to by Susan Katz 3 months ago
Thank you for sharing your very powerful poem - filled with energy and an intensity that one can feel.  If I were to su...
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Started by Aviana 6 months ago
Blood flows into the rivers,Into tree roots, into flowersThat bloom and speak Into our deafness. Unheard melodies Of souls sting,Harmonious voices,Of the dying, sing A song into the wind that reeksOf never ending dusk.Somewhere.Far away.Somewhere wi...
Last replied to by Susan Katz 6 months ago
I am so sorry that it has taken me so long to respond to your very evocative and well written poem.  I have been in hos...
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Started by Comfort 6 months ago
In the script of life's stage, I'm the jest,A punchline scrawled by hands unsure, distressed.Dangling on the margins, on edges I tread,Existence penned in a comedy where sadness is fed. Unsteady hands sketch this bleak refrain,My role, a punchline i...
Last replied to by Susan Katz 6 months ago
This is very well written and invites us into your pain and your emotion.  I do have a few suggestions regarding editin...
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Started by NorwegianSoul 8 months ago
I looked into the mirror Darkness surrounded me Speaking to me as if it wanted me to enter Faces appearing Smiling at me but not with kindnessShadow hands stretching out of the glassGrabbing me Pulling me Trying to take me into the mirror My face no ...
Last replied to by Susan Katz 8 months ago
Thank you for sharing your poem with me.  There is a lot that works here and some very fine moments as you move through...
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Started by Fahad Khalique 9 months ago
I don't know about others, but  As anything puts all efforts To come into existence; like  A tiny seed tears apart  The hard soil before growing Same way; like  A mother experiences latitude Before bearing a child And the gestural conditi...
Last commented on by Fahad Khalique 9 months ago
Gratitude Galore. What if I exclude the line from (The Contingency.....final status)?
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Started by Tiny glowing star 11 months ago
This soul This heart Always engaged in, Faraway troubles Of my loved ones... I cannot even build A shield for them, For I have always been a onlooker, Unable to even speak for myself.... This soul This heart Has long stopped, Responding t...
Last replied to by Susan Katz 11 months ago
Thanks so much for sharing this very heartfelt poem with me.  I wonder if "build a shield" is not "be a shield..."  Yo...
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Started by sunsnotstars 11 months ago
You have been a 19 year olds crush for almost a year now  and yet of all the dreams holding hands with her smiling  'I dont knows'  with all the 'some flings' in this world  she loves you. where by easy accidents  like falling in love...
Last commented on by Susan Katz 11 months ago
I am always delighted to "meet" people who share my love of creative expression. In a world of darkness - the arts are ...
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Started by Akanksha 11 months ago
every now and then I stare at the blank  wondering off somewhere  My mind tackling  Unknown knots i have there Lost in the mids Lost in the mists The journey i have carried upon Saying me something    i dont know what to write anymore ...
Last commented on by Susan Katz 11 months ago
Mostly, the problems with the poem have to do with grammar - not feeling and emotion - which is what poetry is all about...
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Started by Riya Jaiswal 1 year ago
It's been a while since I wrote something which left me deeply invested. I've been a little too critical on myself lately as further i grow with my self imposed title of 'writer', i feel this pressure upon myself to write better and tbh I'm still fig...
Last replied to by Susan Katz 1 year ago
Good morning, Riya - I have tried to email you, but am not sure my emails are going through.  I just wanted to let you ...
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Started by Riya Jaiswal 1 year ago
  never have i ever meant the words i wrote to call it poetry stars waited patiently for me  to rip open my heart and cry tears of blood but i sat motionless staring in abyss   stars never made me feel heard the way you did   never h...
Last replied to by Susan Katz 1 year ago
Riya Jaiswal 20 hours ago   Good Morning Riya - please see my comments below.  By the way, if you would send yo...