How do you know when a poem is finished?
A poem is finished when it stops nagging at me to return to it. Sometimes this takes a very long time. I don’t finish every poem. Some fall apart while I’m working on them. For my last book I worked with an exceptional poet and editor, Jennifer LoveGrove, for several weeks before feeling satisfied with the final draft. Her eyes on the poems, her comments, her questions, all helped me grow and refine the manuscript in ways I could not have accomplished on my own.