Last week I went to a lunch time artist talk at CPCC that my friend Amy Bagwell gave on her combination poetry and art exhibit. I already had some notes for a possible poem, but her talk seemed to be speaking right to the idea I was already working on so I worked her talk in as well. One idea/quote that I wrote down while she was speaking, that didn’t make its way into the poem, is the idea that artists (and here I also mean writers) are looking for a sense of authority when they work; that what they have created is meant to be that way. Give that some thought!
The poem I drafted based on my notes, and the talk is below. It has morphed a lot over the last week. It has been in first person, second person, sections; there are whole sections that have been taken out, and then put back in, and then taken out again. This has been a tough one for me. Perhaps partially because I always worry when I have a speaker of a poem who comes across as whining or who is “playing the victim.”
As always feel free to comment on my work in progress and/or post yours in comments for discussion. Any works in progress will be taken down one week from today.
—And another poem is out to be edited
I finally feel I have a revision of the poem I posted two weeks ago that is ready to submit so I moved it over to my submission folder. I have six poems ready to submit so I’m going to work on getting a submission packet out today. I also had a recent rejection on a set of poems I was really hopeful about. Gonna read those for revisions, and try to get them back out the door as well. Anyone else getting the yes/no’s on their work lately?