How do you know when a poem is finished?
I don’t. My approach to writing is very iterative. Everything just sits on my computer and I come back to it frequently to make little changes. In theory a poem is done when it’s been published, but I’ll still probably revise it after the fact for when I do readings, or if I’m republishing it in some form. Poetry is an imperfect form of communication (like everything) so I see revision as a normal part of the process. I will always keep trying to get every poem to be perfect, to perfectly communicate what I’m trying to say. When I say it perfectly, I will be done. I will win poetry forever.