Chapter 6: Mind the Gap

The good news is that you don’t have to be Neil Young or Michelangelo to do the kind of work I’m talking about here. And while it might seem as though I’m saying you need to create something magnificent and then rough it up in some way, the most effective way to write a poem with a gap in it is to simply put two unrelated subjects next to each other and leave space for them to interact. Let them work it out! This will take some trial and error, but what have you ever done that you’re proud of that didn’t involve trial and error? Once you get the right two subjects, they’ll figure out how to talk to each other. All you need to do is listen and write down their conversation.