Advice For Poets 13: Making The Unfamiliar, Familiar

Happy Halloween, everybody!

In celebration, we’re reblogging our piece on how to write unsettling poetry to send a shiver up the reader’s spine. Enjoy!

The Roar Poetry Anthology

Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects 
be as if they were not familiar.
– Percy Bysshe Shelley


The numeric accident of this creative writing advice article landing on number 13 seems like an excellent opportunity to discuss the side of poetry so well summed up in this quote from Percy Shelley – the uncanny, the creepy, the indefinable shivers up the spine you get from a really good metaphor or an unexpected linguistic twist.

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