Rob McLennan recently invited me to contribute to his “Talking Poetics” series, to share a little about my writing process. How do I make a poem, I wondered?
I thought: every poem is different! My writing process is organic! In short: I was resistant.
However, in taking some time to sit down and write about “Neighborly,” a poem and tiny book I’d just finished, I realized I do tend to follow a certain writing process:
- I begin drafting by hand
- I let my first drafts sit for a while
- I explore poem-words in tactile ways
- I share and discuss versions and drafts
- I wait for the poem to surprise me
And, you can see more images of my tiny book and read the poem “Neighborly” at Eileen Tabios’ Mintage Editions tiny book site.