Poetry, process, progress.

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