Monday, June 8, 2009


Spell check keeps flagging this as a mistake. What? Is "noodle" not a verb?

Can we make it a verb?

I've been noodling around with poems, trying to make them fit, trying to make them work. I am not a good reviser, not a good re-vision-er. I'm much better at the little edits, a new word here, a little smoothing of the music there. I can even move lines or stanzas around. I'm much better at all of that than I am at pulling out a line or two and ditching the rest and starting over. So I've been noodling, when I think that maybe I need to be ditching and pitching.

When do you feel like you've noodled a poem as far as it can get? When do you give up and start over? Or when do you just give up?


Premium T. said...

At some point you just have to give it up and make some nice sauce to go with those noodles....

Joannie said...

Marinara or maybe a cream sauce with Gorgonzola and walnuts (a hint of tarragon)?

Then maybe my poems will be saucy.