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 creep in at the editing stage. Which draft is better? Does this line work better here or there? Add to that various conflicting critiques from other writers and you're ready to throw up your hands.

It's essential to receive feedback from others, but it's also important to know how to funnel that feedback back into your poems in ways that satisfy your own best critic. With this in mind, I created the workshop, "Poetry - The Art of Revision."

Sometimes no matter what techniques and tools you use, a poem-in-progress stalls. Do you throw it away? Keep fighting the good fight? Or toss it in the boneyard?