Can you go through the step-by-step process of writing this poem from the moment the idea was first conceived in your brain until final form? This poem probably pulls together most of the major themes of My Tarantella (http://www.jennmartelli.com/publications.html).
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/poppies-in-july/) was the prompt.
Were there any lines in any of your rough drafts of this poem that were not in the final version? And can you share them with us? Yes, the original “campaign” t-shirt that I used in the poem was “I wish Hillary had married O.J.” I chose to take that out because I didn’t want to insert a racial overtone or tone-deafness. The book, and the intent of the poem, focuses on violence toward women.
Jennifer Martelli is the author of The Uncanny Valley (Big Table Publishing), My Tarantella (Bordighera Press), as well as the chapbook, After Bird (Grey Book Press, winner of the open reading, 2017). She is the winner of the Iron Horse Literary Review Photo Finish Poetry Award and The Lindenwood Review Prose Poetry Contest.
Her work has appeared or will appear in The Sycamore Review, Sugar House, Superstition Review, Thrush, and Tinderbox Poetry Journal. Her prose and artwork have been published in Five-2-One, The Baltimore Review, and Green Mountains Review. Jennifer Martelli has been nominated for Pushcart and Best of
the Net Prizes and is the recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant in Poetry. She is poetry editor for The Mom Egg Review