How to write a poem.

April 14, 2012

1. Write poem in draft (with whatever comes into head first).

2. Leave for a bit

3. Make the poem stupidly verbose and complicated

4. Leave for a bit

5. Take out stupid complicated metaphors

6. Leave for a bit

7. Repeat indefinitely

8. Forget what poem was originally about

9. Realise the first draft was probably the best anyway.

10. Give up.

 

Grumble… Writer’s block.

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8 Responses to “How to write a poem.”

  1. sonofwalt Says:

    Instructions reminiscent of Oscar Wilde. πŸ™‚

  2. deelaytful Says:

    Indeed. Writing poetry is more than pretending to churn out good words. Thank you for this.

    • lmjakob Says:

      Desperately trying to cut back on these ‘good words’ for simple images. Poem will hopefully follow shortly! (May not be for a few days though!)

  3. 2sidestory Says:

    Too true, poetry can be so frustrating, and usually I feel like my shortest and simplest poems are my best.

    • lmjakob Says:

      Yes, I find as soon as I start meddling and adding more images, the poem loses meaning. Current poem – most frustrating one yet. I’m in my second phase 3!


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