Thursday, January 04, 2007

What Work Is, Part 2

Today, my poetic efforts consisted of taking a personal pronoun out of one poem and changing "cadmium green" to "cobalt green" in another; the second change made for reasons of rhythm and accuracy. And I call that a productive day. I am reminded of what Annie Dillard said in The Writing Life (Harper Perennial, 1989):

"On plenty of days the writer can write three or four pages, and on plenty of other days he concludes he must throw them away. These truths comfort the anguished. They do not mean, by any means, that faster written books are worse books. They just mean that most writers might well stop berating themselves for writing at a normal, slow pace.

Octavio Paz cites the example of 'Saint-Pol Roux, who used to hang the inscription "The poet is working" from his door while he slept.'"

5 Comments:

Blogger rams said...

Congratulations on the Arkansas Poetry Series Award! I didn't know you blogged, and with the demise of the Athena Bookshop wouldn't have had an e-address for you anyway. January always stands in need of reasons for celebration -- thanks for providing such a juicy one! (And thanks to that seventeen fingered poetry boyd for spreading the word.)

1:08 PM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

Thanks for this, Greg, and welcome!

3:19 AM  
Blogger greg rappleye said...

Susan? Is that you?

How is everything at Notre Dame?
Please e-mail me at grapplepoetdotmacdotcom.

L&K,

Greg R.

9:10 AM  
Blogger greg rappleye said...

Suzanne:

Thank you for your comment and for stopping by. I read and enjoy your blog!

Greg Rappleye

9:12 AM  
Blogger greg rappleye said...

Susan:

Unh, I meant to write:

grapplepoetatmacdotcom

Sorry!

Greg Rappleye

11:00 AM  

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