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Twenty-Two Poem Hacks by Carmen Giménez Smith via Poetry Foundation

This list of 22 poem hacks by featured blogger Carmen Giménez Smith on the Poetry Foundation’s Harriet Blog gives lots of great ideas to help revise poems when you get stuck. Ideas like: dropping the first stanza, identifying the best line to make sure the rest hold up, checking word frequency, changing the point of view, and other hints on things like titles, a plan for punctuation, revising into strangeness and more.

Twenty-Two Poem Hacks

For more on how to revise your poems, check out these related posts:

How to Be Your Own Best Poetry Editor – guest blog post by Lisa Young

10 Revision Ideas – guest blog post rewind by Diane Lockward

The Harriet Blog is a literary blog about poetry and related news. You can explore all posts or view the posts by categories.

“The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience.”


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