Sunday 30 May 2021

Jessica Barksdale Inclán : part two

How do you know when a poem is finished?

It sounds right with my eye. I can see its wholeness. It resounds, all of it. It’s a feeling, a done poem. A sound and a feeling. So unhelpful! But I think every poet knows what I’m trying to say—it’s the same thing as when we listen to a completely successful poem while at a reading. It’s like a bell ringing.

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