I may be overly obsessive with my writing, especially poetry, but it takes me days (or weeks) before I'm satisfied that I have: -said exactly what I want to say, -challenged every word, replacing or removing every one that does not does not pull its weight in meaning and in sound, -created the effect I'm trying for in tone and pacing, and -eliminated all clichés, not just of phrasing but also of figuration.

Knowing when you're finished--when you've said what you set out to say--is probably the hardest of those tasks. What you've set out here is certainly a good start.

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