How does a poem begin?
Sometimes it’s as simple as a single verse that pops into my head. In that case, I’ll work to build an entire poem around the original line that caught my attention. Sometimes I’ll see something beautiful in nature that will inspire me, or a memory will prompt me to jot down a first draft. Other times, I have an issue I’m dealing with in my life, and poetry serves as a form of catharsis or a way for me to work through the problem. In literal terms, my poems often begin as scribbles on scrap paper.