What I Learned Writing 30+ Crow Poems
One reason to write a lot of poems about one subject is to let the process teach you something you didn’t know about this thing that interests you; in the case of writing thirty-plus crow poems in form I learned that to truly express the terror and majesty of this bird, it’s important to use big words.
And for that, you need a dictionary.
Every single day that I write, I use a dictionary, and often a thesaurus. I like to look up what words mean, what other words they are like (synonyms) and what words are their opposites (antonyms). From my earliest days of writing crow poems, I found myself picking big words: spelling bee-worthy words. The more I learned about crows, the more it seemed like a wise choice.
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