7 Inspiring Poems For Writers Who Need A Breather

Hannah Burton for Bustle
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Anyone who calls themselves a writer knows that revision is no walk in the park — unless, of course, that saying was invented by a writer who knew that parks are just really sites of distraction, AKA time when you're not working on your writing, AKA trouble. Revision is hard work, even when it's fun. (And yes, sometimes, it gets to be totally fun.) When the fun quotient is zero and the work is beyond arduous, you may be tempted to... well, do just about anything. (That's how bad revising can be!) Fortunately, you can save yourself the agony of totally losing your writer vibe by doing some reading that's guaranteed to help you revise. Folks, you know I'm talking about poems.

Another writer's novel might get in your brain, and turning to a perfect short story can just incite wordsmith envy, but a poem is the surefire solution to upping your revision game. For starters, even if you read the poem to give yourself a breather, you'll feel virtuous, like you're doing literary work. But more importantly, these poems will help you re-see your process. They'll help you gain some perspective on what it means to be crafting something out of words.

Put down that red pen or Post-It note, writer, and read one of these seven poems.

1"Kafka's Axe & Michael's Vest" by Chen Chen

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2"Painting vs. Poetry" by Bill Knott

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3"Aubade to Langston" by Rachel Eliza Griffiths

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4"The Perfect Poem" by Kaveh Akbar

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5"Delta Flight 659" by Denise Duhamel

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6"On Gathering Artists" by Alberto Ríos

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7"Dream of Heaven" by Chard de Niord

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