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.)