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January 21, 2013


This post just grounded me. I've come to a point in my poetic practice where I'm working really hard to turn tidbits of thoughts and ideas into engaging poems. I want my poems to flesh out the questions that I ask myself and those that I pose to the world around me. Reading this just gave me a nudge in the right direction. Thank you for this invaluable advice.

You're welcome, and thanks for sharing this! I love poems based on tidbits of thought. A former instructor once asked our class to carry notebooks for a week and capture all of the weird and wonderful tidbits that come to mind, which led to great/unexpected poetry.

Stephanie I love it!!!!! the anecdote at the beginning totally gripped me and then I love how it transitioned to the poetic process!

Thanks, Alissa!

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