There are a number of authors I follow who, when asked "what the trick" is to writing, provide essentially the same answer in a variety of ways:  Put your ass in the chair and write; write every day; do the work. 


The phrase 'do the work' stuck in my head and during a phase where I was having difficulty writing any poetry, the following emerged.

Do The Work

Make a list of things and turn it into poetry.

Somewhere, in the midst of all the slag heaps,
there will be a line worth saving.

A phrase or word to be re-used;

or, just the punctuation.

Do the work.

Turn it into poetry anyway.

Make a list of things.


Hate it.
Cross it out.
Leave it.

Do the work.

Let it steep.

Do the work.

Years may pass.

Come back to it.

Make a list of things.

Turn it into poetry.

Fiona Mackintosh (© August 29, 2017)

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