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FINDING A FORM

Experimenting with a new form pays off in one reader’s poem, explored by Alison Chisholm

POETRY WORKSHOP

When the subject of a poem presents itself to you and asks to be written, it may already have a form in mind. You start to set a few words on paper, and all at once they fall into a particular pattern. Sometimes the pattern works, and occasionally you need to rein in the idea, give the emerging poem a good talking-to, and re-work it in a different style. At other times you have to impose a pattern on it from the start – free or formal, short or long. Sometimes, though, the form comes first. You decide to experiment with a traditional or innovative form, and then find the subject to use in it.

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