The title says it all, right? Over and over I come across little sayings (usually on Pinterest) about how poetry starts as a feeling, sometimes a lump in the throat or a tingly sensation or whatever you can imagine. I know that this is true for me. My best poetry comes not from thinking, but from feeling.
As such, I don’t often rewrite my poems. To me, rewriting poems, born from an intense emotion, is rewriting that emotion, saying that it did not exist that way, that I did not feel as strongly as the words suggest.
The truth is, I did feel that strongly. I wrote exactly what my feeling told me to write. Because of this, I don’t share a lot of my poems – I don’t invite just anyone into my world. But the writing is what helps. Putting those emotions on the page proves that yes, I feel them and yes, I feel other things as well. And so I do not rewrite my poetry (except for the occasional word-change when it isn’t precisely what I want, and that usually happens while I’m writing it down anyway).
What do you think about rewriting poetry? What do you think about poetry as emotion? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Take care, fellow travelers.