My quest for poetry has led me to some interesting resources. One of them being a podcast from The New Yorker, where real, live poets read the works of other poets. Live!
Care for a listen? Click here.
It’s a nice thing to have on while cooking dinner, let me tell you. Sort of like having a couple of good friends over to chat about life and beauty and love, while you chop peppers and onions.
The other day Billy Collins was over, and he mentioned something William Matthews said. I was so blown away by it, I backed it up three times so I could hear it again.
Then I wrote it down, because I’m sure Billy was getting tired of repeating it:
Revision is not cleaning up after the party. Revision is the party. –William Matthews
When I worked at a newspaper as an assistant editor, I’ll admit, it was sheer bliss to go over every article, fine tune each page, get the mock-up just so.
But edit my own stuff? Yeaah, not so much.
On the other hand, maybe all I need is a change of perspective.
Instead of beating myself up for grammatical errors, I should feel happy that I caught them. Rather than agonize over my word choice, or berate myself for a contrived plot, I should appreciate the process of growing as a writer.
Reason enough to throw a party, right?
Hmm. I need to give this matter more thought.
How about you? Do you enjoy editing, or is it something you dread?