Adverb-tising Break

It’s a new draft, and a new editing season! Our adverbs have been slashed — and now we want to give away the excess stock — for free!

We cater for all tastes and sizes. The following adverbs come in small, medium, large and super-size fonts, and in a wide range of colours. (We are over-supplied with purple.)

Abruptly x 3, abstractedly x2, actually, accusingly, anxiously, awkwardly x 5, bleakly, blithely, bravely, casually, cheekily, cheerfully, cooly, completely, deliberately, dourly, easily, ebulliently, energetically, fiercely, finally, flatly x 2, flippantly, funkily, gently x 6, gingerly, girlishly, goofily, goonishly, greedily, happily, heroically, husbandly, insinuatingly, intially, immediately, immorally, inhumanly, intensely x 2, lightly x 3, maddeningly, nuttily, nervously, overtly, patiently, perversely, physically, pointedly, precariously, protectively, questioningly, quickly, quietly x 5, rapidly, ravingly, readily x 2, rhythmically, scientifically, seriously, significantly, silently x2, skeptically, slightly x 6, slowly x 6, spontaneously x 2, stertorously, surreptitiously, swiftly, thoroughly, tightly x 2, uncharacteristically, unsuccessfully, uselessly, usually, vigorously, wearily, wryly

CONSUMER WARNING: Apply to manuscript in thin layer only. Always seek a professional editor’s advice.


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5 Responses to Adverb-tising Break

  1. Paul Doesburg says:

    Hi Emma, my comment unrelated to adverbosis but to say have just read your poem “Origins” with great pleasure (Landfall 225) – image rich, yearning, beautiful. Thanks

    • ejneale says:

      Thank you very much, Paul, for taking the time to say so. It’s going to be reprinted in Tender Machines (OUP) in August this year – should you happen to be the sort of person who likes to collect sets/versions…

  2. Paul Doesburg says:

    I just enjoy reading good poetry Emma! Interested in how you feel about your poem though appreciate this maybe something you don’t wish to indulge in. As a an unpublished poet who writes for pleasure and to improve (and reads regularly in Auckland) I’m curious about how the poet “judges” their own work, if they have the time and inclination to do so, that is.

    • ejneale says:

      What sort of judgement do you mean, Paul? Do you mean, how do I tell if it’s ready to send away? Or how do I feel about its content now that time has passed? Or how do I judge its aesthetic reach – as in, do I think it clips the hurdle and falls over, or do I think it clears the jump? Do I think it’s good or bad?

  3. Paul Doesburg says:

    I think the most important question is how you feel about the poem – does it have veracity, does it say all it needs to about the subject, your idea(s). The question about standing up to time is a good one and should be answered by the honesty within the poem, in my view. Some may say this is irrelevant as the poem is a work of fiction. “Aesthetic reach” sounds like an academic phrase – does it mean how others relate to the poem, find their own meaning, or is it a qualitative assessment of its poetic content – how the poem works on different levels. I don’t think you look at a poem in terms of good or bad but may have some reservations that trade off each other to reach a kind of flawed beauty -that would be good enough for me. When you start off writing poetry there are plenty of doubts, did you rely to some extent on opinions from people you trust to improve your writing? Is it best to trust your own judgement and send them off – see if they’ll be published? Thanks for your thoughts.

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