Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Poetry-writing advice I gave to a student

Don't worry about metaphor in the first writing; you can search for something to use in the actual writing itself

Try rearranging, leaving out, playing with words and word phrases

Silence is just as important as words in a poem; the more silence in the subject, the more silence reflected in the poem

Poems are reflections and representations; avoid having "answers"

"Poems are never finished, only abandoned." --Paul Valery

Poems can have humor--the best humor in puns, as puns examine language in two or more different ways

Find an object to tie a metaphor to what you "want to say"

Forget this list

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