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I write a lot of poetry.  I think once I counted seven plays that actually started off as a poem.  I bet you all write a lot of poetry.

Take one of your own poems, and see if you can work it into a play.  Doesn't matter what length.

Have fun.

I've been really busy helping a friend with a shipment of stuff that's daunting....but I will read...just been a crazy week.

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My new performance is based on a 93 verse poem I wrote about notions of missing... do come and see it if you are in London (UK)!

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The dialogue in truly great plays is often poetic, isn't it.  The characters would mean it as well as speak it, if it was a part of the storyline. 

Shakespeare would be a great example of poetic playwriting.

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I've often heard it say, that playwrights and poets are very close in terms of writing style.

I don't think I can ever quite explain why when I read a line I've written aloud, there are two too many beats, but there is a beautiful and necessary rhythm to playwriting.

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Cool idea. I just posted a poem in "Critique my poem" which I've often thought was quite short-storyish. Now Im thinking maybe its a play........

Its a fine line that divides a play with poetic language from something too flowery and contrived. To be able to write a verse play or a poetic play and for the audience to almost not notice is a great skill if you can pull it off.

 

 

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Where should we post?  Ironically I just did this!

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Cool.

Post it in the Feedback section.  I'm going to read it this weekend if it kills me. 

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How do I post?
In what format?
Can I post play as an attachment in say WORD?



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