In this podcast Armine’ Iknadossian and Kelly Grace Thomas ask Poetry Salon founder Tresha Faye Haefner when and how she decided to make a full commitment to her poetry. Tresha discusses feeling out of place in performing arts, but needing to reach out, needing to make sense of silence, mystery, chaos, the largeness of the world and the passage of time. What can we learn from silent animals and wordless artifacts? How can we react, what can we say about all this mystery? In terms of rewriting poems she shares the value of using “how to” books, and looking for the right form to fit an idea.
Rewrite Strategy: Try using different forms to address the same subject. Everything from sonnet, to the modern forms of Structure and Surprise. And don’t be afraid to use How to Books for new ideas. They’re cheaper than an MFA.