“Our Age Of Anxiety”
How many drafts of this poem did you write before going to the final? About 6 drafts.
Were there any lines in any of your rough drafts of this poem that were not in the final version? Oh, yes, most importantly the last line, which dated the poem. “It is 2016, and this is the afterlife.” There’s also stuff about guns and secret elevators. I also changed “Tokyo” to “Moscow” as we learned more about Russia’s election interference. (Rough Draft, Below Left)
Which part of the poem was the most emotional of you to write and why? There isn’t a particular part that was more emotional than the rest. During that time period my anxiety was climbing and reached a climax after the election. I struggled with depression for over a year, including the timespan when I was editing and revising the poem.
“Looking For Sunsets (In the Early Morning)”
by Cindy Hochman
“Our Age of Anxiety”
by Henry Israeli