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Monday, March 9, 2020
#159 Backstory of the Poem "The Visible World" by Rocco de Giacomo
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#159 Backstory of the Poem
“The Visible World’ by Rocco de Giacomo
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? The poem is inspired by a dream I had. It is part of a larger manuscript idea of recording and writing about my dreams. This idea was inspired by a book on sleep and dreams entitled “Counting Sheep” by Paul Martin.
Where were you when you started to actually write the poem? I was at our table in our breakfast nook, just after I had woken up, around 6:00 AM.
What month and year did you start writing this poem? The initial recording of the dream was between 2010 to 2011. I unfortunately can’t remember the month.
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 four. The third and final draft were edited on a computer. Unfortunately my earlier drafts are in storage; otherwise I would have loved to present some.
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? Yes. The last line was to be “How could this have been my home?”
What do you want readers of this poem to take from this poem? The imagery and sense of intimacy. This is a dream sequence which I interpreted through a Katuata, or a long-form Haiku. I choose this poetic form to create the sense of distilled closeness and immediacy which I experienced in the dream.
Which part of the poem was the most emotional of you to write and why? Can’t see it \ but each house is a \ pillbox on goose-down, and there’s \ an attic under each pine \bent by snow.
This line creates in me a palpable sense of nostalgia for my wintertime childhood. Sadly, we probably won’t get this type of winter again where I live.
Has this poem been published before? And if so where? This poem has been published in the Malahat Review and in my collection of poetry, “Every Night of Our Lives” (Guernica Editions, 2016).
Rocco de Giacomo is a widely published poet whose work has appeared in literary journals in Canada, Australia, England, Hong Kong and the US. The author of numerous poetry chapbooks and full-length collections, his latest, Brace Yourselves – on the representation of the individual as it relates to the Zeitgeist – was published in January, 2018, through Quattro Books. Rocco lives in Toronto with his wife, Lisa Keophila, a fabric artist, and his daughters, Ava and Matilda.