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On Generating New Poems

As a poet, my usual way of composing includes writing with other poets. We read poems and then just write for an hour – no prompts other than the ideas floating around from the poems that we’ve just read. And while this can generate some very interesting material, even inspired works at times,...


How can you ever be sure that what you write is really any good at all

was the question W.S. Merwin asked John Berryman, and the answer was not very reassuring. Whatever stage you're at, whether you're first starting out as a poet or someone who's been at it for years, eventually most of us run into some serious self-doubt about our writing. Self-doubt tends to...