Building the Perfect Beast
I have the poem built out to 110 lines and think I have the whole story. Now I have to "poem" the thing--cut the extraneous, smooth out the lines, attend to vocabulary, cut the dross; polish, polish.
This is my favorite part of writing a poem.
This will take some time.
Two Fighting Hummingbirds with Pink Orchid (1875) by Martin Johnson Heade