Howdy, Campers, and Happy Poetry Friday! (my poem and the PF link are below)
Perhaps some of you really ARE camping right this very minute! Boy, that sure sounds good now: aromatic pines, refreshing dips in a clear lake, scent of wood smoke and that close-your-eyes crackling as you gather 'round to roast marshmallows and sing...ahhhhh.
This round, TeachingAuthors will each share a favorite piece of writing advice.
Mine came from Lee Bennett Hopkins, who told me:
Root out all unnecessary "the"s.
It's such a simple idea, yet it can change a poem profoundly.
Or at least clean it up.
(In the paragraph describing your camp-out above, I deleted four "the"s.)
by April Halprin Wayland
It's a simple word, really,
but wait...do you need it?
Watch deer tug a tree
for a banquet of greens...
he steers clear of each "the,"
but devours those leaves.
poem © 2020 April Halprin Wayland. All rights reserved
Or, as Laura Shovan just shared so succinctly in the comments below, "every word must earn its place in a poem."
So try Lee's tip...and then report back and tell me about it--I can't wait to hear!
Thank you, Ruth, for hosting a Poetry Friday party at
posted with love by April Halprin Wayland and Eli, who is tuckered out after this morning's walk:
you can see Eli in the distance
writing poetry can be exhausting!