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From Di Brandt:

Rhythm and light 

The most important things in poetry are rhythm and light. Read your poems-in-progress aloud to yourself. Pace them out. Breathe them. If there's a snag in the rhythm, the energy flow, then you know you're not there yet. You may need another two or ten or thirty drafts to get the rhythm precisely right, so the light can dance through and make everything shiver.


Di Brandt is an award-winning poet and literary critic whose latest work is a collection of creative essays is entitled So this is the world & here I am in it. She was a Poetry juror for the Literary Awards in 2007. 

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