Thursday, 25 April 2019

Fern G. Z. Carr : part four

How do you know when a poem is finished? Do you have a social group or writers group that you work ideas and poems with?

I don't believe that a poem is ever finished.  Instead, I would say that while a poem might appear to be complete at a certain point in time, given some distance, there is always room for change. 

On average, I typically do at least seven different "final" drafts of a poem before I'd even consider it done.  I sometimes will share it with friends and family because I enjoy hearing their interpretation.  Often, their take on what I've written isn't necessarily what I intended.  That subjectivity though is a fundamental part of the beauty and pleasure of poetry.

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