April is National Poetry Month. As part of our month-long series Poets on Poetry, Nicolet College Instructor Jeff Eaton reflects on the value of revision.
Writing “the best words in their best order,” according to Samuel Taylor Coleridge, defines poetry. Easily said, but not so easily achieved. Invention, the calling up of images, at some point must give over to revision – the “seeing again” that becomes the core work of composing poetry.
Rhinelander poet Brent Goodman once vowed he’d never write a haiku. So why has he been writing nothing but haiku for the past 10 months? As part this month’s Poets on Poetry series, Goodman tells how it all began with a course by Haiku Master Lee Gurga.
It’s April again, which for me means participating in a daily challenge called “NaPoWriMo,” or National Poetry Writing Month. It’s an annual project in which poets attempt to write a poem a day for the entire month of April.