PN Review Print and Online Poetry Magazine
Most Read... Rebecca WattsThe Cult of the Noble Amateur
(PN Review 239)
Mark FordLetters And So It Goes
Letters from Young Mr Grace
(aka John Ashbery)

(PN Review 239)
Henry Kingon Toby Martinez de las Rivas
(PN Review 244)
Eavan BolandA Lyric Voice at Bay
(PN Review 121)
Vahni CapildeoOn Judging Prizes, & Reading More than Six Really Good Books
(PN Review 237)
Jamie OsbornIn conversation with Sasha Dugdale
(PN Review 240)
Poems Articles Interviews Reports Reviews Contributors
PN Review Blog
Monthly Carcanet Books
Next Issue Vahni Capildeo The Boisterous Weeping of Margery Kempe Paul Muldoon The Fly Sinead Morrissey Put Off That Mask Jane Yeh Three Poems Sarah Rothenberg Poetry and Music: Exile and Return

This article is taken from PN Review 133, Volume 26 Number 5, May - June 2000.

Skalded Epic (Make It Old) Stephen Glosecki

[This essay was first given in November 1998 as a talk at the Poetry Centre, Department of English and American Studies, University of Manchester as part of the Re Writing the Poem series of readings and papers given by distinguished visiting poets, 19982001. The collected set of essays will be published by Carcanet in 2002.

Each visitor was asked to respond to whatever topics they felt relevant from a suggested rubric, part of which is reproduced here:

- do you habitually make several/many drafts of your poem?

- is your typical method of re-writing to change a line, a word - a 'piece by piece' mode? Or do you often make more wholesale changes?

- how far is your re-drafting impelled by considerations of tone? Or of metrical structure?

- do you have any method of 'ultimate arbitration' - for example, reading the poem aloud after its composition, and making changes consequent on that?

- how far are your re-writings influenced by the eventual look of the text on the page?

- to what extent are re-drafts driven by the tone and structure of the collection of which the relevant poem is to be a part?

- do you show or read your work to others while it is in the process of construction? If so, how do others' comments influence your re-drafting procedures?

- have your methods of (re)writing changed ...

Searching, please wait... animated waiting image