About Writing, Arranging, Sharing
After collecting a number of poems–around seventy–I sat down to put them into some kind of sequence. I sat in the middle of the floor and arranged them around me like minutes of the hour, wondering how they would tick by one-by-one, wondering if they had a natural timeline, or if they were best broken into thematic parcels.
Some poems had to be left out “for the greater good”. In the name of putting together a somehow cohesive collection, I wouldn’t necessarily find a place for some individual pieces.
Setting the collection sequentially onto a blog beginning with page one, meant that when, for example, a reader went to the latest post and keeps reading from there, he or she will be reading in reverse sequence.
I could set it up as an ebook, but learned the hard way that formatting poetry, with its unique line breaks, is not quite a match for electronic readers that allow for resizing text and page. Even so, I set up a sample collection. It took me more than one hundred hours.
Publishing used to be the way to reach a wider audience. Now there are other ways. Some people have told me they’d prefer a book version. If the blog generates a wide enough following, it could go that direction. Meanwhile, I enjoy—even prefer—being able to rearrange and tweak a collection. I like that readers can interact, comment, and share a single poem or the entire site.
What You Have Read
“A critic can only review the book he has read, not the one which the writer wrote.” —MIGNON MCLAUGHLIN
I look forward to find out what you read.