Evryday I learn something because of News Print Poetry.
I have to read the newspaper pretty thougroughly each day, so the project keeps me informed on current events.
I also learn a lot about the technique of poetry. I get a chance to experiment with different techniques. For instance, yesterday when I did the poem about New Orleans l decided to play around with enjambment. I ended up with a lot of my lines ending with the word "city." Since the poem was about a city, I liked how that worked out.
And, pretty much everday, I learn that less-is-more in poetry. I write the poem and then I start eliminating words, lines, and even whole stanzas. The poem is always better for it.
Finally, I learn that the key to improving my skill is to write and write and write. I have made the committment to write a poem everyday. The newspaper gives me fresh inspiration everyday.
As the old joke goes... How do I get to Carnegie Hall? Practice! Practice! Practice!