When Poems Form

Rubies of Random Thought

At the writing group I went to recently, I asked the organizer there, Phil, how he begins when he writes a new poem. He said he takes walks a lot, and always has. And as he does, he comes upon a question he has asked himself- it’s a question he has asked of himself before birth, a question that has always been within him and that only he can answer. And he always carries around a piece of paper in order to write down a few words as they come to him, which he explores further later. I found that answer to be very intriguing, honest and true.

This past March at the Strand Bookstore, I attended a poetry reading featuring Dan Chelotti and Yusef Komunyakaa.

When Dan Chelotti was asked this question (how he begins a poem), he told a story about when he was a kid in school and he made it his mission to…

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