Poetry, process, progress.

Month: January 2016

The Long View

The Long View

I’ve been thinking a lot about process, mainly because of my Poem-a-Day project this year. I’ve been shifting strategies as I go along, sometimes using the prompts book, sometimes taking an older draft that badly need revision, sometimes writing what comes out when pressed to […]

When good lit journals die

When good lit journals die

I just sent an email pretty much like this: “Is unnamed literary journal that’s small yet enticing now a closed project? If not, you should know that Duotrope has noted it as ‘believed defunct.’ If it is true, I regret it since you have a […]

One more process post

One more process post

Something happened that hasn’t for a long time. I woke up repeating the first two lines of a poem to myself. It was that half-dream state that happens just before sunrise for me. Long ago, when I had one of those Macbooks that has a handle and looks like a purse, I would keep it at the foot of my bed. It woke up instantly when opened and I could get those moment down before they disappeared. If I didn’t, they were gone, gone, long gone, dead and gone. So I rushed to the iMac in my home office and (more…)

Last process post for a while

Last process post for a while

Day nine and I’m still drafting daily. These process posts are going to stop though because it seems that my process is not that intricate. I think of something , maybe an image, ruminate, tell myself I can’t do it, then try anyway until it’s done. […]

Days 7 and 8 process

Days 7 and 8 process

Yesterday I went promptless and felt a bit like someone lolling around the house scratching and belching. I felt shiftless, and when crunch time came, I was muttering to myself about being lazy and that was the moment the title came: “Lackadaisical.” From there, I just […]

Day 6 process

Day 6 process

Yesterday’s poem was a bit of a surprise. I felt heavy most of the day, that feeling that I will never write another poem ever, so why try? I felt a bit of a hint with the prompt though, but did not like certain other parts of it. In the end, I took the image that I wanted to start with and did what I do most of the time, which is start writing anyway even though I have no idea what I’m going to say. (more…)

Day 5 process

Day 5 process

As next week and the new semester get closer, I am increasingly aware of how important it is to set up a poetry-writing habit. Of course I already write poems, but a daily poetry draft is another thing. Yesterday’s draft squeaked through at 10:30 PM […]

About Morning Pages

About Morning Pages

One of the good things about a process log is that it can highlight how idiosyncratic writers are. Truly, there is not only one right way to do this. That is why I went on for my doctorate in Rhetoric and Writing. The complexity and the scope […]

Day 4–revision day

Day 4–revision day

Today was a revision day, and if this is to be a productive year of poetry, I need revision days. Sure, sometimes poems just happens, but most of the time a great deal of chipping away has to happen. besides, the idea of 365 fresh drafts with no followup is horrifying. I’m going to have to revise a bit every week if this is going to work.

That’s pretty much what I did today. I chipped off words here and there and lopped off the first third of the poem. In the end, it was half the size it was before, but it’s tight now. on a side note–I got my first decline email for 2016. Yea?

The photo is the inspiration for the poem I revised. The bird is a blood-tailed hawk.2014-02-20 17.hawk1

Day 3 process

Day 3 process

This was a hard one, and I’m still not sure how it turned out. As I write these process posts, I’m going to take steps to ensure that I don’t give out all the prompts for The Daily Poet. I think people should but it instead. […]