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Thank you! Very helpful. I also just found an article "Twenty-Two Poem Hacks" in the Shipyards, which is where I should have posted this in the first place, as Toni points out!poemsofplace wrote: Jeffrey Levine, editor and founder of Tupelo Press has a wonderful series on manuscript revision and compilation. Here's a link https://jeffreyelevine.com/2011/10/12/o ... anuscript/
If you have good Word skills, you can choose a heading style for each heading and then view the headings in the left-hand corner of your document. It makes it easier to rearrange poems by clicking and dragging.
Consider if there is a theme or arc to the poems and place them in an order which facilitates that build. Look at beginnings and endings of poems to see how they might segue one to the other.
Send the MS to a few friends who have helped you with your edits of individual poems and whom you trust!
Hope this is helpful!
I missed a picture on the wall, did not see it at the time. The judge did not see it eitherNo pictures on the wall
I think ekphrastics must be factually true.Lone picture on the wall.
Vive la difference.toniclark wrote: For me, it's the opposite. Returning to an older poem, having grown as a person and a poet, most often leads to a better poem. I'm likely to see the text in a different light, may realize directions or possibilities I hadn't noticed before. I have often transformed poems for the better by returning years later to old drafts — even to poems I thought were finished.