Below Title Photo: Clint Margrave in January of 2019. Copyright granted by Clint Margrave for this CRC Blog Post Only
How many drafts of this poem did you write before going to the final? (And can you share a photograph of your rough drafts with pen markings on it?) I can’t say for sure because I didn’t keep files of the early drafts. Sometimes, once a poem is published or I feel it’s finished or it ends up in a book, I usually delete all the earlier drafts, unless I’m lazy. In general, though, once I take the initial handwritten free-write (see picture ABOVE LEFT) and type it on the computer, it can typically go through anywhere from 10-50 drafts. However, my hunch in this case, is that this was one of those rare poems that probably took only a few drafts. Having had a lot of experience with making my free-writes into poems, I see this one was pretty well-formed by the time I begin to work on it, evident by the end already being in place. Usually, that’s a sign I can move through revision pretty fast. If the end is not there, then I’m in trouble.
“She went home, made dinner, then called me to eat, when she suddenly realized her error.”
Which part of the poem was the most emotional of you to write and why? The end. I don’t know if I felt it right away when I wrote it, but I feel it every time I read it to an audience.
by Clint Margrave