I’ve made good progress on some new work this week. Jason (my boyfriend) has been out of town on business, so the house has been quiet. Perfect for writing. I was even able to arrange to take a few days off from my job. I love my guy, but sometimes I need time alone to let my ideas germinate and flourish.
I’ve also been rereading one of my favorite essays about writing poetry: “Advice I Wish I’d Been Told” by Walt McDonald. I only discovered this fine piece of writing a couple of years ago, but it has been invaluable in how I have viewed and revised my newer poems.
And speaking of my newer poems, I wish could say that they deal with a single theme, but truth be told: they’re all over the place. Politics, poverty, relationships, children. It’s going to be hard to pull together a coherent set for my larger collection, which I would still like to have out by later this summer, but I suppose it’s better to have too many ideas than not enough.