Saturday, April 25, 2009

Honing in on the real picture~

I hammered out a poem about the moon and sent it to twincranespress@gmail.com The editors, Robert Miltner and Lisa Vargas are seeking 30 lines or less, about the moon. There is no entry fee; don't know if this pays. I had the perfect story which I condensed into a poem. Talk about tight writing! Try to compress one of your essays into a one page poem. That is so hard to do for flowery, descriptive writers like myself who want to help the reader see the details of the entire picture. Think of this exercise as a snapshot rather than a huge portrait. Crop the minor stuff and watch your poem come into focus.

1 comment:

Julia said...

That's exactly what I did with that Las Vegas scene that I poem-ized for the Sacred Fools Press Appleseeds anthology. Sometimes, you know your writing is good, but it's just sitting there in the wrong form.