8:07 — Atlanta
Good day, regular readers. As occasionally happens, you are receiving an extra post, so you can stop scrambling for your calendar. You do not have the days muddled. Instead, I have a response to a prompt from We Write Poems.
We Write Poems asked us to consider writing poetry: We know that’s not likely all black or white, each poem stands on its’ own. And maybe a poem can just be as it is – without a judge or jury speaking up. But how is it for you as a writer? That’s the question here. How do poems “arrive” for you? Is it more receiving or sculpting for you? Is there a distance between what you have in mind and what gets onto the page? What about language too? Help or hinder do you think? Are poems integral with your life or more casual? All can be summed – how’s the process of writing for you?
Pulled for revision.
Thanks to Neil Reid for the title, but that is how poems happen for me. They arrive in two states: an idea of a poem which I mull and marinate in my head until it is in shape to write the first draft, or, full-blown in an immediate response to a picture or prompt [a much rarer occurrence].
To read others’ responses, head over to We Write Poems here.