Linda Kulp Trout

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Snippets, Poems, and Reflections Day 3:  Revision and Research

It's been a quiet Sunday so I had more time to work on my project today. The first thing I did was to go back and continue revising the same poem I worked on yesterday.  I spent almost two hours, and I like it much better now, but I'm still looking for a more specific verb to use in the last line.   Although I think it was worth the time, I know that my usual pattern is to keep reworking the same poem and not moving forward to the next.  What ends up happening is that I put a lot of pressure on myself to get that first poem perfect and then start telling myself I don't have what it takes to write poetry.  I can't let that happen this time. So, when I finish writing this, I'm going to choose the next snippet to revise tomorrow. 

I also spent some time, probably too much time, doing research on the animals that are going to appear in my poems. I found some great videos on YouTube and got so caught up that I almost forgot to cook dinner. My husband, Tom, gently brought me back to reality when he came in and asked, "What's the plan for dinner?"  Oops! Looks like a late dinner tonight!

I enjoyed reading this interview with Ted Kooser and thought you might like it too.  More tomorrow!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Linda, I just wanted to say hello. I think your plan to celebrate National Poetry month is wonderful. I was lucky enough to go to Highlights for a workshop with Rebecca Kai Dotlich and it was great! I am certain you will have an amazing experience.