December 19, 2009 § 4 Comments
I have chapbook fever…but not the way you think. Fever in that I am lackadaisical, listless and unmotivated. Lying on the sofa, watching Law and Order fever. Being excited about work and not poetry fever. Wondering how to blog about poetry fever.
But I made a commitment to Sonya that I would select the poems for the chapbook submission before the 18th. Her rationale – a good one – is to select before editing so you don’t waste time rewriting poems you won’t be using. Particularly because the turn around time for this contest is deadly fast.
So that’s done. I have a gentle poem trajectory, one I hope will make emotional sense to the reader. Now on the rewriting. Sonya says (boy do I feel silly saying Sonya says…) that a poem can completely change once you take a look at the first draft objectively, so that worries me. There isn’t much time.
Boy do I feel hot. I think my fever’s spiked again.