A friend of mine told me a story once about how poet Bill Knott teaches revision. She said that he would take the page (your poem), fold it vertically, and tear it down the center of the page. Next he would give back one of the halves and throw the other in the trash can. Then you were expected to try writing the poem again. Whether or not this is accurate, I’m not sure, but here’s a little exercise inspired by that story.
Take this half-poem by Ralph Angel and fill in the blanks. Have fun. Let us see what you get.
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