Photo by Amy LV
Students - sometimes it helps to have the perfect object nearby as you write. At least I do. Running fingers through this pile of glitter gave me lots of words and feelings.
"Glitter" is a concrete poem, and the words are supposed to look all sprinkled out like glitter. I didn't write them this way at first, though. At first they were perfectly lined up. But after writing the poem and thinking about how glitter really looks, I tried playing with the white space. This is one revision question I've learned to always ask..."Might these words lay out well as a concrete poem?" For me, the concrete-ness, or shape, comes after I write the words, not before.
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