longhand. I didn’t travel with a laptop back then. Times were freer. I also brought the pad on which I was writing the poem to a neighborhood swimming pool one afternoon to refine it.
What month and year did you start writing this poem? I wrote “Views from the Driveway” on July 14, 2006.
The original version read, “Mastered the initial phases of love-making—visual stimulation—with neighbors, friends, passersby.” Adhering to the guideline of ‘show, not tell,’ I pulled the two words.
It was also the title poem of my first chapbook, Views from the Driveway, published by Foothills Publishing in 2008.
I’m immensely grateful to all my book publishers, but Michael Czarnecki of Foothills came through when many writer friends told me I’d have to self-publish my first poetry book.
I tend to be a universal poet who writes for a mix of readers, so I hope my work continues to reach a broad population thanks to your support.