Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Process of Poetry
When I write a poem it various in creation but I tend to maintain certain habits in the overall process. First, I try to come up with a general subject to lead my poem in some direction--I try not to make it too specific to leave room for creative exploration. I write down ideas that I associate with this subject and than gradually narrow down my topic from there. Once I have a topic I just do a lot of thinking about that topic. I seperate myself from fully concentrating on it, and go about my daily activities still keeping it in the back of my mind. I also carry a notebook around with me so when I do have a random thought I can write it down. After a day or two I will sit down with my notebook of thoughts and try to organize them in a poetic way. I try to re-write the lines and see if I can alter the words and bring formality to them. I am not the type of person who can just sit down and write a poem in one draft, that is just not my style.