P&W Prompt 1: Parting In Winter

Here’s the first of what I hope will become weekly installments of new writing in response to the prompts offered by Poets & Writers Magazine. I selected a poem by Robert Hass titled “To a Reader” from his collection, Praise. Here’s the prompt again (for those who may have missed it):

“Choose a favorite poem written by somebody else, type a copy of it, delete every other line from the poem, and write your own lines to replace those you’ve deleted. Next, delete the remaining lines from the old poem so that only your lines remain. Read what you have, and revise it, adding new lines to fill in the gaps.”

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