- Choose only the lines that are most important (or original, most distinctly yours and the poem's) and using those.
- Make the lines longer, and see if anything seems extra.
- Make the lines much shorter, and see if anything seems extra.
Maybe I prefer a looser style. Maybe it's the secret wannabe novelist in me. But I'm wondering whether even if the poems end up "better," I'll like them as much. And who wants to write poems that they don't like?
Just a little Tuesday morning insecurity. Do you ever worry about losing your voice?