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?) At least 40 drafts. I don’t write using paper, so I can’t provide pen markings.
What do you want readers of this poem to take from this poem? Readers should take whatever they want from this poem, but I hope they can feel at least some of what I felt after Liam took his life. I also hope it helps them understand the utter helplessness people feel when people close to them take their own lives, especially at the emptiness that follows their loss.
Which part of the poem was the most emotional of you to write and why? The beginning and end of the poem were the hardest to write, and to this day are the hardest to read, especially aloud at public readings. I sometimes begin to break down when reading it, but am always to recover and finish the poem, in part because he—and the poem—mean so much to me.
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