Pencil

 
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Today's quote is from this 2012 interview with Sampsonia Way, and there are plenty of juicy quotes that splash the water. And there's plenty more good interview reading here. (And, her poem The Afterbirth, 1931, referenced in the interview above.)

Give us a glimpse into your editing process.

I do a first draft of a poem in pencil and then it goes into the computer and I work off that. I work on a typewriter for smaller things—I love the sound of the typewriter when I’m working and I have about four of them on my desk. They are now collector’s items. I have a lot of blackboards. I have blackboards I write on, blackboards I keep things on, and blackboards I draw charts on. I grew up learning that I was supposed to remember the things put on the blackboard; I was supposed to take them to heart. Then the whiteboard came. But I was like, “No!” because when I write on the blackboard I get covered in chalk and it has a symbolism for me. It reminds me of my early teachers, who cared a lot about what I was learning. I also love pencils. I love to hear my pencil on a piece of paper, discovering something.

I do a first draft of a poem in pencil and then it goes into the computer and I work off that. I work on a typewriter for smaller things—I love the sound of the typewriter when I’m working and I have about four of them on my desk. They are now collector’s items.

Also, (WHAT!?!The Field Office, has an upcoming reading on the 10th called FIERCE LOVE. Check out this limited run of broadsides, including a beautiful series of words from Nikky Finney.

{For today's full note, including silver maple, planting poem seeds & a good archive: see HERE}