I’m Too Sensitive

#NaPoWriMo 2017 Day 16

[And then I decided to publish them anyway: “You’re Too Sensitive” and “Live in the Real World”]


I don’t want to share the poems I wrote today. They turned out long, personal, angry, and, well, sensitive, so much so that I don’t want to write much else today. I think they need a lot of work. I think I need to find a way to distance the persona narrator from me and the material. I think I need to make the poems a little more universal and public instead of personal and private. At the moment, they are too clear and accusing. Strangely enough, I think I can do this only by making the poems more opaque.

I’d like to share a craft-related thing that happened while writing the first poem.

I had a clear idea of the direction I wanted to go, but at one point I went off on a lengthy tangent. Eventually I came back to the main idea I was playing with and I wrote an ending I liked. While rewriting the poem, I moved that ending to the section just before the tangent. This naturally divided the words into two separate poems.

Tangents happen. I recommend going with them. I recommend not deleting them. Move them down the page and figure out if there is a way to reintegrate these words and ideas with the rest of the poem. If not, give the tangent its own page. It’s a second poem now. You’ve lost no words and no time.

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