Recently I was talking with my pal, Ann, bemoaning how long it was taking to complete a book of poetry I’m working on. I had several poems I was pleased with, and a few more that weren’t falling into place. I felt disheartened and stuck. Ann looked me straight in the eye and told me to focus on writing three new poems a week.
“Just barrel through,” she advised. “Perfect them later.” I thought she’d gone off the deep end–but I always listen to her advice, which she follows herself. Proof positive: her amazing book, Free Ferry, was just published by Under Hand Press. So I barrel
on. And with four new poems-in-progress, it seems to be working. Just want to pass this along to anyone feeling a little downhearted. Just keep writing!