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Tell It To Me- In A Poem

Opening up my page for your poems.

I am very thankful for our friends at Psych Central for allowing me to have this blog. I appreciate the trust they have given me, that they believe I can live up to the high standards of their fine institution. As one who believes in sharing the wealth I am opening up this blog to you the reader. Just tell me your story in a poem.

What Am I Looking For?

  • A poem above all must communicate something. After reading it I must be impacted.
  • Since this is a psychology site, the poem must be on topic and in some way relate to the field of psychology.
  • I want poems that employ poetic techniques such as rhyming, imagery, alliteration, rhythm and so forth.
  • If you right free verse it had be very good.

A General Statement On Poetry-

Today the world of poetry is in a chaotic state of disarray. I find that a lot of poems are in fact not poems at all. Rather what they are is a group of related words and sometimes in fact, there is little relationship between the words. Robert Frost, wrote in strict rhythm and often with strict rhyming as well. He called free verse,”Playing tennis without a net”. But if one examines something like Walt Whitman you see that there is in fact a technique or a set of rules that he went by. The thing is, that Whitman created his own set of rules to employ in his writing. He had a ‘net’ so to speak, he just altered it.

Despite the great multitude of poets writing today, the common person cannot name one ‘great’ living poet. I’ve asked my friends and that is the consensus. In my opinion the reason is that poetry has strayed too far away from what made it great in the first place. Rhyming is not popular nor is the conventional structured forms, such as sonnets, villanelles,  and so forth. I understand why poetry got away from structure. It was becoming stale and dead. Now however poetry is facing the danger of becoming irrelevant. Today’s poetry doesn’t communicate to the common person. Learn a lesson from Shakespeare, or from today’s song lyricists. When you write structured, rhyming poetry it can take you far.

With this said, please try to give me what I want.

A Long Term Goal?

I am new to the blog and I don’t know what the response will be. However this could be the genesis of creating a hard copy collection of poetry where I would serve as an editor. I have already did this once for a group called New Jersey Peace Action. You can take a look at that here,

What I Need From You-

Please contact me on the link below. Please submit your poem with your name on it. Also please tell me if you are willing to allow me to edit or give you suggestions to improving your work.

I look forward to hearing from you and posting your poem, with comments, on Psych Central for the whole world to see! And yes as long as you own the rights I will accept reprints.

Tell It To Me- In A Poem

John Kaniecki

John Kaniecki is a full-time caregiver for his wife Sylvia. He is a published writer and works with the Church of Christ. John has lived with bipolar for over thirty years and has been hospitalized nine times, three of which were committed. John has chronicled his life story in his memoirs "More Than The Madness". Also of note is John's book of poetry "Murmurings Of A Mad Man" which are poems written about being committed in Graystone Psychiatric Hospital. John believes in the power of words to change the world for the better. His website can be seen here. His books can be seen on Amazon. You can visit his personal blog "Turn A Page Or Two" here.

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APA Reference
Kaniecki, J. (2017). Tell It To Me- In A Poem. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 25, 2018, from


Last updated: 30 Oct 2017
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 30 Oct 2017
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