wordless wednesday with words: grocery list with wee, small fantasy. and words.

Reader. Hello.

Here is the photo I would’ve posted if I had done a wordless wednesday post:

highlighted item added for laugh-value

highlighted item added for laugh-value

 
But today is a word-full wednesday, and this is just to say I am still here. And…

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This is just to say

I have revised
the poems
that were in
my manuscript

to the exclusion
of all else —
laundry, blogs,
even plums

Forgive me
they were waiting
so needful
and so close

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This morning I printed the poor darling out for the one zillionth time, binder-clipped it, and handed it to Husband who said, Why do you look like you’re going to puke?

All I could say was: #joyofpoetry. Le sigh.

It is now in the most send-out-able form it’s been in to date. I know the work of placing it will be long and hard, and that I’m likely not entirely done with revisions. But I stake a claim here, on this day: send-out-able.

 

And this is also just to say, here is why we keep wordbanks [or lexicon, or word hoards, or word caches, or word lists, or whatever you want to call them]: because when we are revising our [fill in the blank: poems, series of poems, new poems, old poems, not-sure-they’re-poems, manuscript of poems] and we cannot.think.of.one.more interesting word for [choose one: sky, gate, tea kettle, black bird, the greying at your lover’s temples], we pull out our word banks [or lexicon, or word hoards, or word caches, or word lists, or whatever you want to call them] and find words like: blindfold, shadowless, wheezing, sovereign, cinderthick.

 

And this is also just to say, here is why we keep on reading poetry no matter what else is going on: Because of poems like the ones in the current issue of One. Go read them. You will not be sorry.

 

5 thoughts on “wordless wednesday with words: grocery list with wee, small fantasy. and words.

  1. Molly, this is just to say: way to go!! Congratulations on completing your manuscript; such difficult, demanding, and yet, rewarding work. I have been working on my own ms for over a year; working ever so S – L – O – W – L – Y, and these darn poems are only 50% send-out-able. Your productivity is astonishing! I, for one, look forward to the day I find your collection on a bookshelf back here in MN. Now, go find yourself some plums….

    • Thanks, Todd. And you know, I work very S-L-O-W-L-Y too. And I might be wrong about the send-out-able-ness of the ms. But either way, we carry on. Very good idea about the plums… off I go…

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