TheNAUGHTicalLifeFeatured By OwnerFeb 24, 2013Professional Writer
Usually I edit for flow first (rearrange, add/subtract), then focus on how to better articulate the piece. I'll usually do that by expanding on ideas or metaphors (I use them a lot). Lastly I go over it a few more times to make sure it's concise.
I honestly not know how else you could change your approach, other than giving yourself time away from the piece. I don't write a lot of poetry myself, but the processing of revising never changes much for me. I don't see why it would need to.
I guess if you're having trouble with a piece, you can stick it in a drawer, or do what I have done on occasion--make a cut-up out of it. Or you could write it in another style, etc.