My Poetry Book Journey-2
This is the second part of my journey to publish a poetry book. The introduction is linked at the bottom.
Part 2: Choices
The Unsplash photo above really called to me today. It represents my overwhelm about which way to go. It is like a corn maze. Each row looks the same, each ear of corn the same.
I am working with a coach, but I want to be somewhat prepared and organized before our meeting.
Questions I am asking myself:
- Do I want to collect poetry by theme?
- Does the collection need to be chronological? Should it tell a story?
- Is there a central theme to my poetry that can be broken up into separate sections?
- Will it be clear what to include and what to leave out?
When I look at what I have written and posted on Medium this past year, there are a lot of options.
I have a collection of 110 poems in my publication Sky Collection. Many of these poems center on nature and the loss of my father.
I also have poetry about love and relationships, family, motherhood, politics, teaching, COVID-19, the general state of the world, gardens, and other topics. Some of my poems are very short fiction.
My approach to organization is beginning to feel like my literature review and thesis for grad school. My goal over the weekend will be to begin analyzing my poetry for themes and link them into a spreadsheet. If anyone out there has any other brilliant organizational tools and ideas, please let me know!
Samantha Lazar 2020