Friday, August 5, 2011

The Intricate Evasions of As, Selected Poems, 1985-2010




In between swimming and relaxing, most of my creative energies these past five days were spent trying to come to terms with a manuscript (see photo above, courtesy of Eleni) that I’ve been wrestling with over the past 25 years and which has burgeoned from a chapbook of about 40 poems to a monster ms. now comprised of approximately 120. I don’t even want to think about how many times I’ve inserted new poems into the ms. or taken old ones out, or how often I’ve juggled the poems in a vain attempt to find the best possible arrangement or how the much smaller original manuscript was accepted by a publisher in England back in the 90s but who later informed me that he couldn’t do it owing to a lack of funds or that about ten years ago, I sent a longer version to a small-press publisher in the western US who rejected it after two years or that five years after that, I sent another even longer version to a small-press publisher on the east coast who also rejected it after two years—all of which leads me to what Joe Hutchison has to say about Bill Knott’s post re publishing one’s work: Do you DIY or keep sending it out in hopes that some publisher will mercifully DI4U—perhaps even before you die?




4 comments:

  1. I'd say: Keep trying daddy :)

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  2. I'm with Efiniki, daddy-O. DIY is always an option, but maybe down the road—if you can just stop tinkering! Although Knott keeps tinkering and revising and publishing the results. It sure is a tempting way to go....

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  3. OK, OK, I get the message--just let me tinker with it a little longer! :-)

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  4. finishing you creation is the hardest thing to do but also the bravest part of any creative process. just do it my friend!

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