BRIDGET WHELAN writer

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The first line of a poem is the most important line, says Billy Collins QUOTES FOR WRITERS

DNA

There’s a lot of waiting around until something happens… there’s a kind of vigilance involved. I think what gets a poem going is an initiating line. Sometimes a first line will occur, and it goes nowhere; but other times—and this, I think, is a sense you develop—I can tell that the line wants to continue. If it does, I can feel a sense of momentum—the poem finds a reason for continuing. The first line is the DNA of the poem; the rest of the poem is constructed out of that first line.

One comment on “The first line of a poem is the most important line, says Billy Collins QUOTES FOR WRITERS

  1. Rae Longest
    December 27, 2018

    WOW!!!

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