Today, an experiment: Write about your poem. Imagine that you need to tell someone about what you’re working on without actually showing it to them.
I’m hoping that it will help you find what’s missing–if anything’s missing.
I took a poem to class yesterday and realized that in one or two places, the poem jumps too abruptly. In those places, it needs an image to help the reader make the transition. I went back through my eight other drafts and found nothing (I cut out a lot for a reason). Instead of starting from a line or an image that’s already there to generate new material, I’m going to write about what I’m writing about to help me figure out what’s at stake.