How does a poem begin?
A poem can begin anywhere, but no matter where it starts, for me, it always starts with metaphor. It may start with a title, a thought, a phrase, a few words, a conversation, or even research. I start writing to the idea/image of the metaphor and see where it goes. I also like writing with pen and paper to begin with—it slows my mind and the words can begin to gather into something cohesive. I often won’t switch to the computer until I have a rough draft and the need to break the lines and to shape the poem.