Saturday, August 27, 2011

From Draft to Publication

84ยบ ~ bright sun, barest hint of a breeze, high and dry thinking of those in the path of Irene

Given that several instructor friends have mentioned telling their students about this blog, I thought I'd provide a set of links for some recent publication.  For each poem, I will link to the publication where the "finished" poem (no poem is ever really finished) appears online and then link to the blog post in which I describe how that poem began.

While there is no magic five step process to drafting a poem, I know that when I was a beginning poet (and even still today) I loved to see how a poem unfolded itself on the page.  I hope my notes might provide just a glimmer of insight for those students out there working to find the way from draft to poem.  Of course, what is missing is a description of the hard work of revision along the way.

"Backdrop for an Archetypal Bloodline" appears in Anti- Feature # 68.
Draft process is here.

"Urban Archaeology: Reading the Remains" appears in Anti- Feature # 68.
Draft process is here.

"Requiem for the Girl with Sparrow Wings for a Heart" appears in diode 4.3.
Draft process is here.

"This is Not my Body, This Body that Refuses" appears in diode 4.3.
Draft process is here.

"The Wife Who Wanders Explains her Actions" appears in diode 4.3.
Draft process is here.

"The Starving Saint" appears in The Rumpus.
Draft Process is here.

6 comments:

Nancy Devine said...

i absolutely love this. i might use this post with my creative writing students.

Sandy Longhorn said...

Thanks, Nancy. If you do, I'd love to know if it is helpful.

Kathleen said...

Terrific!

Sandy Longhorn said...

Thanks, K.

SarahJane said...

so interesting to see how these poems emerged. Loved the "not my body" poem especially. I'm inspired to call in sick to work...

Sandy Longhorn said...

Love it Sarah! I'll sign your doctor's note. :)