How does a poem begin?
It depends on the kind of poem. I do big research projects that require a lot of work before I write the first poem. There are abstract sequences that really just need that first phrase or image to get going. Sometimes it’s just listening to the right music. If you can begin the poem with a burst of energy it can carry you deep into the work. You might have to cut the lines that come with the energy in the editing process, but their value is undeniable in the process. My favorite poems begin and hold on to the energy all the way through.