Pruning like a tree (or plastic) surgeon – Reshaping

I’ve started to re-plot and re-shape my chosen pieces,
enjoying experimenting with line length in a different way to how I would

Doing this has helped me “rediscover” (? Is that the right
word I wonder) how an ill-placed word – or phrase – can not only alter the
sound or meaning of a line or even a whole poem! The impact of seemingly
insignificant conjunction can change EVERYTHING!

This assignment has also made me re-evaluate almost all of
my past and present poetry a great deal more critically than I anticipated (in
fact, there are several pieces which are haunting me at the moment, crying out
to be re-viewed, but they will have to wait for the time being).


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