Editing Poetry

Tuesday 4th February 2014

I have been working on a collection of poetry, and doing what I hope will be final edit on at least some of the poems.

 I spent two hours on a poem of fifty words and then the next poem that was two pages long I spent ten minutes! why was this? Well short poems are not always easier. They have to work far harder than a longer poem to get the meaning across in the space given, though this wasn't the problem with this particular short poem. I had a problem with the end of it and the more I looked at it the more entrenched I seemed to become. There is a lot of truth in the old adage that once you have written or altered a piece it should be put away in a drawer for at least a week. I wonder sometimes if there is ever a point at which a poem should just be scrapped.

I wonder if the quality of poem is dependent on the time spent on the poem. I have never found this. My most successful poems have been the ones that as they say, wrote themselves, and needed only minor alteration - though these poems are not gifted very often.

When I was working on my short poem the thought did enter my mind as to why I put myself through such pain and yet when the writing is going well there is nothing better!