Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Progress Notes

I am writing a poem about a movie, a painting, stars, West Indies rum, hummingbirds. There are many things in this poem. I have (or rather, had) a very long draft.

The poem wasn't working. I had a frustrating time last night, trying to decide what to keep in the poem and what to give away. I went to bed around 10, got up twenty minutes later, and cut every thing that wasn't working. I said a prayer for the rest, and went back to bed.

This morning, I am encouraged. I didn't do everything that needs to be done, but the poem is alive. If I can finish a few more poems by Labor Day, I will be back in the mix.

"You just go on your nerve," Frank OHara said, if I remember properly.

I owe responses on several requests and projects. Not to worry, I will get to them. I became a bit obsessive in the past two weeks about my work, but of course, that's why I'm here.

All this heat, so little rain.


Blogger Collin said...

Sleeping on a poem in progress is one of my general rules of thumb. I always have a fresh perspective the next day.

7:28 PM  

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