In my last post I was being very dramatic over the potential loss of our dog companion Chief. I wrote my first haibun to mourn his decline. You can read the whole sad thing On Losing a Friend here. The good news: it looks like Chief will be with us for a few more years… but it took a big dent out of our finances.

To recover, I’m offering a 15 Point Analysis/Critique for $15. This 15-point poetry critique covers essential elements of poetry such as imagery, tone, structure and theme, to provide personalized feedback on your work.

Poems limited to 35 lines or 500 words for prose forms, any form. Your poetry analysis/critique will be returned to you within two weeks. You are free to use any part in your social media and as a blurb.

The points I will touch on are Title Analysis, Theme, Tone/Mood Assessment, Structural Analysis, Language/Diction, Imagery/Sensory Details, Figurative Language, Sound Devices, Rhythm and Meter, Symbolism and Metaphor, Perspective and Voice, Cultural, Historical, and/or Personal Context, Emotional Resonance, Originality/Innovation and Overall Impact.

Students that attended last year’s poetry class I did for Crystal Lake will be familiar with this format. This is a limited time offer (until I pay for Chief’s surgery) but if poets find it beneficial, I could probably be convinced to keep it going. To purchase yours, visit

I know some people may think it’s crazy to spend so much on an animal companion, but we have no regrets. He is our family. Here he is having a good time after his third visit.

By Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is a third-generation Ryukyuan-American, award-winning poet, author, and publisher with 20+ years in newspapers. Publisher of Space & Time magazine (est. 1966), two-time Bram Stoker Awards® Winner, and HWA Mentor of the Year, she shares Authortunities, a free weekly calendar of author opportunities at

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