More good news — another poem published, this one in the March 2015 issue of TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics by Chapman University. Very cool.
I was reading up on technique recently when I came across the idea of enjambment. It’s a simple, yet powerful method of running one thought from one line to another. A good example is this one from William Carlos Williams from his poem Blizzard:
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
Winter kept us warm, covering
Earth in forgetful snow, feeding
A little life with dried tubers.
to read Thirty names on
paper Three had
Fifteen minutes apart…
In fact, this poem is probably the best example of how enjambment can create mood, force pacing, introduce contradiction (who knew those chickens were coming?), and create a poem that’s as alive to the eye as to the ear.Exercise:Take one of your poems and rewrite it using enjambment. Go free-form for a while, but revise it considering what effect you want to create with the technique.
Poets, do you use enjambment?
What other techniques do you use to create effect in your writing?