Friday, July 2, 2010

When Writing a Poem

Today while writing about W. S. Merwin, the newly announced 17th Poet Laureate of the United States, I discovered a poetry treasure on the Library of Congress' Website.  Poet Charles Simic shares "A few things to keep in mind while sitting down to write a poem."  His seven guidelines are simple, yet profound.  I know some of us like to try our hand at writing poetry, and that students are given poetry writing assignments.  Simic's list is an inspirational aid.

(Photo:  Lydia and me in the stacks at the Library of Congress, February 2010.)


  1. just another reminder (and we do need reminding) that poetry is great and it can be so much more than some clever words that rhyme. it provides a unique view of life and the world in a way that surprises us.

  2. LitLinx is terrific! Keep Posting Please!