Posts Tagged "Dabney Stuart"

My Wobbly Bicycle, 117

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in Archive | 9 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 117

Decorating your house, choosing your wardrobe, landscaping your garden, and putting together a book of poems have a lot in common. Thank you, Holly Wren Spalding, for suggesting that I talk about the latter one. She says she’s been gathering information about it for years for her own benefit and for her students, and would like to hear my take on it. Oh dear, Holly. I haven’t gathered any information, so you’re way up on me with that. But I’ve been reading books of poems forever, and I have a feel for the shape of the whole. If you have 25 poems in a book, of course the book should be...

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Putting Together a Book

Posted by on Oct 16, 2012 in Archive | 1 comment

Putting Together a Book

A collection of poems, stories, or essays has to be arranged, of course.  There’s always the default:  chronological, either by content or by date written. There’s something to that, since that gives a history of your mind on its travels. But perchance–likely, in fact–there’s a different kind of history—more of a dance—only discernible when the whole is in front of you. I don’t know any other way to do this arranging, myself, but to print out the whole manuscript and lay pages out on the floor—I’m talking about poems, now. With essays, it’s easier to keep the...

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