Yesterday I finished this summer's project to revise the Chicago Winter poems. I think the result is somewhat stronger, and vastly more cohesive, than the previous version.
For reference, a PDF copy (nearly identical to the one I sent Dad and Bonzzi for review last night) is on the flash drive along with the text files.
Which brings me to an interesting point. I have long complained that, much writing as I do on a computer, I can't really compose poetry electronically. This continues to be roughly true, I think -- the spontaneity of a pen on paper, the complete lack of formatting restrictions on what I write or how I write it, and the freedom from technical details of insertion, deletion, and version control, mean that I will probably continue to write and revise poetry this way.
That said, an electronic format is vastly more convenient for
I am still conflicted on one question, though: should I keep the paper revisions that I've written all over as a backup, or rely on the sequence of digital files to be my record of each poem's evolution?Posted by mill1974 at September 14, 2004 2:56 PM