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In browsing for a pithy quote about the art of poetry, I came across the following advice from children's poet, Charles Ghigna:
Poetry shows. Prose tells.
Choose precise, concrete words.
Remove prose from your poems.
Use images that evoke the senses.
Avoid the abstract, the verbose, the overstated.
Trust the poem to take you where it wants to go.
Follow it closely, recording its path with imagery.
I think the idea of trusting the poem, in the second to last line, is a big one for me, although I confess to being abstract, verbose and overstated, at times. (Oops)
Do you have a poem you would like to share with us today? Our Monday forum provides the opportunity to link up a poem of your choice, and to gather in a meeting place of like minds to enjoy the results of "Poem-Making".