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? My most recent book of poetry was CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS, published in 2018 by Boyds Mills & Kane Press. It’s a collection of humorous poems about a school for insects, located in a log in the forest. I’ll go with “Horse Fly Grade Card, Doesn’t Play Well With Others” from the book.
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?) Everything I write must endure my endless fretting and fixing. I can’t go back to check on this one because the drafts are among the papers I recently placed on loan to the archival collection at Meyer Library on the Missouri State University campus in Springfield.
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? Not much of anything made it from first telling to last. The poem wasn’t even in the original manuscript. I added it later. Here are the three main versions and dates of their completions.
Which part of the poem was the most emotional of you to write and why? Not sure this applies here, unless you count that the poem makes me smile and I love the artist’s rendition of it.
After being an orphan for a couple of months I was reassigned to Mary Colgan (Right). We worked on the various stages of CRAWLY and were getting close when Mary resigned and left the company on January 26, 2018. Brittany Ryan booted us home from there. I didn’t mention Rebecca Davis (Below Left) but she, too, had a hand in the shape and development of the final collection. If you’re counting, that’s five editors.
“Horse Fly Grade Card, Doesn’t Play Well With Others”