Long time ago I told myself that, when I had accumulated 100 poems, I’d put a little book together. I’m noticing lately that I have put 95 poems into my blog. So that’s 5 poems away from putting that little book together. I could reach that number by the end of the year. When I first considered doing this, self publishing was just about as difficult as finding a publisher. Now, self publishing is much easier. So that’s not an issue. The issue is that – out of all the poetry I’ve written over the course of 50 years or so – I’ve narrowed down to 95 ones I’d even consider publishing. About 75 of those still require quite a bit of work. Reading them aloud and listening to how they sound is an important step. I like a rhythym to my work that’s easy to follow. I like repetitive first letters and possibly even just words that rhyme within the same line or a series of lines but not at the end of the line. So that adds about another year – perhaps more – into editing vs mutilating my work. A slow process. I’m comforted by the fact that many famous poets – when we look at the entire body of their published works – actually didn’t publish very many poems. That’s very comforting.
Plan of action: I’ll move forward with composing 5 more poems. Once I’ve accomplished that, I’ll choose 25 – because that adds up to 7 and I like the number 7 – and begin reading and reworking those.
One last point…I do appreciate the many readers, on WordPress, who have read and commented on my work. I may not say this very often…but I do.