Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Growing the Poem

I actually did mow the lawn--a three-hour, mosquito-infested slog on Sunday afternoon. I am not yet rehydrated.

My new poem is growing in several directions. My process is somewhat like marlin fishing--I'm letting it run, letting the big fish take line off the reel. I can always cut a 200-line poem into a sonnet.* It's more difficult to grow a sonnet into a much longer poem.

There's an idea. As Steve Orlen once famously asked, "Does this poem need a fish in it?"**

Hummingbird feeders.


* Or at least, into a 14-liner.

**Upon reflection, probably not.


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