As part of his modernist cry, poet Ezra Pound insisted we “Make things new!” The stage of the writing process that most affords us this opportunity is the stage of revision. Of course, the word itself connotes exactly this “re-seeing” or “re-imagining” not only the execution of our original poetic intention, but also the potential for what this poem can become beyond our first inkling. We might argue that revision is particularly important for poets, as it is the job of the poet to make things new: to prompt readers to slow down, listen more carefully, see more clearly, and care more thoroughly.
Remember that you must submit 3-4 poems you’ve workshopped, a bio (75-100 words), and your ideas for the chapbook’s design. Below are some links to jumpstart our discussions.
For Revision of Poems
Poet Robert Lee Brewer’s “5 Ways to Revise”:
Poet Tony Morris on revision and poetry:
For Chapbook Ideas
Holman & Snyder’s “How to Put Together a Poetry Manuscript…”:
Poets & Writers’ How to Make and Bind Chapbooks:
How to Make a Chapbook (more of a You Can Do It! piece):
For Bio Ideas
Rachelle Gardner’s “How to Write a Terrific Author Bio”:
Lulu’s “How to Write a Successful Author Bio”: