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Poetry Month writing tip: Priscila Uppal

We're rolling out writing tips from Canadian poets all through April. Here, Priscila Uppal gets (literally) crafty.
"Take a pile of poems you’ve given up on and take scissors to them. Rearrange and discard lines, combine words and images from other poems. Try your best to forget your original intentions and impulses. Not only can you create new poems out of abandoned poems this way, but you can also discover interesting editing strategies that you can apply to other works."

Time Out London U.K. recently dubbed Priscila Uppal “Canada’s coolest poet.” Her international publications include Ontological Necessities (shortlisted for the $50,000 Griffin Poetry Prize), Traumatology, and Winter Sport: Poems (written as Canadian Athletes Now poet-in-residence for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games), the novels The Divine Economy of Salvation and To Whom It May Concern, and the study We Are What We Mourn: The Contemporary English-Canadian Elegy. 

Photo credit: Daniel Ehrenworth

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