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Revising...Poetry on a Rainy Afternoon

After a draft of a poem has had time to sit quietly and figure out exactly who it wants to be, it's ready to be edited. If you listen to the poem – your revisions leave both you and the poem satisfied and it may not need any more editing ever. But if the poem has one idea of what it wants to be and you have another – you could be wrestling with each other for years – literally.

I have a few poems in this state. I'm constantly editing them and then reversing all the changes and leaving them just as I found them. It's almost better to just let these poems alone and let time do some of the work. In a month or two I might have a more objective eye.

Poems don't like to be rushed. Some poems of course don't want to be poems at all – so they will fight you tooth and nail and no matter what you do – you can't make the words on the page into a poem. You simply have a part of a poem that may or may not find other parts to make it into a whole poem.

I have at least five p…