Claudia McGill Wrote a Poetry Book, Did You Know That?

You may know I write poetry and that I have a poetry blog. I’ve written poetry for a long time but only in the last couple of years did I do anything with it. I’m sorry I waited so long.

Anyway, I’ve got a book now – a collection of poems written during my Poetry Marathon in January 2015. As part of my fight to beat back winter, I decided to try something – I would devote two hours each weekday for a week just to writing poetry. My idea was just to write and not look back – keep on going no matter what.

The book is called Look Winter in the Face. If you are interested in reading it, it costs $12 and here’s the link:

Look Winter in the Face


Look Winter in the Face book cover with border small


I ended up with a lot of poems. About one hundred of them, to be sure – some very short, some a bit longer. More than I had thought, but I wasn’t sorry. Far from it. I set myself to doing some editing and I got them in shape. Some had to be tossed out but most of them met my hopes.

As I went through whole sequence of poems, it seemed to me that they belonged together. It was almost as if they were chapters in my own story of winter. Now, they can certainly be read as individuals, one at a time, out of order. Enjoying one poem does not depend on reading the others. But I wanted to show them as what they became to me: an entity, a unified body, a coherent picture made of many pieces.

So I decided to put them together as a book. Thanks to self-publishing, I could do that, and I did. It means something to me to have these poems on paper in a collection.


8 thoughts on “Claudia McGill Wrote a Poetry Book, Did You Know That?

  1. Alice

    Oh goodness! No, I did NOT know that about Claudia McGill. Congratulations!!

    Have thought about your poetry marathon many times since you talked about it. Am toying with the idea of doing something similar (though on somewhat smaller scale) for this year’s Nat’l Poetry Month…

  2. Claudia McGill Post author

    Thank you. I am proud of myself for completing it. Despite struggles with page numbering and figuring out “styles”! I think it looks pretty good and it was important to me to keep the poems together. And see them on PAPER.

    I encourage you to try the Marathon idea. It is really amazing what a focus will do for creativity, and making it into kind of an event really worked for me. As I said, I want to do it 3 more times this year and cover the whole year. I found the process very revealing.

  3. Claudia McGill Post author

    Yes, I am proud of myself for doing the Marathon and then the book was just icing on the cake. It seems so nice to have them in a book form on paper, for some reason!

  4. Claudia McGill Post author

    Thank you. That’s how I felt. it seemed important to do the event and to have it commemorated. I plan to do three more Marathons, the next one the end of this month, I liked the experience so much. So I guess there could be a series of books?

    I guess I have to say self-publishing was made for people like me!

    I think you should be able to put the book on a wish list – it’s handled like any other Amazon book as far as I can see. Thanks for thinking of it and your faith in my work.

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