Monday, 20 April 2015

'How do I know when a Poem is Finished?' by Naomi Shihab Nye

Now the excitement of my 'Flout' launch at StAnza Poetry Festival is over, but with further launch in Edinburgh and Glasgow to come and I'm still buzzing with all the readings I've been invited to give, there's the sobering thought - shouldn't I be writing more poems?

The myopic concentration of pre-publication editing can take second place - for now.  Finding this poem delighted me.  I love the way Nye smiles at the end of reading it! In the white heat of pre-publication anxiety, it's easy to forget that writing poetry can be fun.

Naomi Shihab Nye

How do I know when a Poem is Finished?

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