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Poem, Revised: 54 Poems, Revisions, Discussions

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The creative world of the writer is uncovered in this captivating exploration of the techniques of poetry revision. An in-depth look at the writing processes of 54 poems, each by a different modern author, is provided, complete with early drafts, subsequent revised versions, and short essays from the poets themselves revealing how and why they made specific changes, as wel ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Marion Street Press, LLC (first published April 1st 2007)
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Susan Rich
Okay, so in full disclosure let me say that my essay, "Reclaimation" is included in this anthology. Nevertheless, I have been reading the other essays all afternoon and enjoying the sense of playing Harriet-the-Spy in terms of better understanding how different poems are made. Wonderful poet Kathleen Flenniken has a fascinating essay in here as well concerning the making of her poem "Bedroom Community."
Poem, Revised is an excellent collection for a poet at any point in the roller coaster ride of publication. Each poet shares an early or first draft of a published poem, then writes of the steps involved in revising, ending with the final published poem. The different ways in which writers approach revision are fascinating.
I love this book. There is a lot to learn about poetry and to hear how different writers work with poems, think about them, and edit is simply brilliant. In so many of the small essays you see the poem start to finish and observe the process of the authors.
A great tool for investigating other people's process, and a few really good poems to boot. But even the worst poems (and revision choices) are revealing and useful, if only to confirm that YOUR process might have been right all along.
Erika Dreifus
Really appreciated this book. Reviewed it for The Writer magazine (April 2009 issue).
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