Tips for Beginning poets II

Photography: poetry from behind the macro lens

Poetry a  “close-up”  with words

What do they have in common?

 

In my  opinion a good poem and a good photograph share a few basic characteristics. Simplicity. Clear, basic composition. Enough detail to grab our attention, but not so much that we get lost in trying to consider it all.

 

An effective poem leaves us with a few strong images …

A way to get at revision is to write the piece. Then remove all the words that are not necessary for it to stand alone. Uncover the skeleton. Least common denominator. After, after, then dress it up, add make-up and accessories..if you over-do that, that is your issue but at least under it all, the poem will stand on its own.

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