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:
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.