launching / onslaught / pasta / by Laura Kochman

Often, after I write a blog post, I have the urge to go back and add to it. To clarify, to make sure all details are present, which leads to more details. I'm realizing that I also do this with poems sometimes, and used to use it as a drafting strategy. I would write a short piece very quickly and then break it up into fragments, and use each fragment as a launchpad. It's not how I work all the time, but it's useful. I think it also speaks to a worry of mine, about what is known and public and perceived, and what is not. If I don't say it, will you assume it's not on my mind? If I don't explain, will you understand? And so I end up with big, soupy poems, and whole books that are actually all one poem, all one movement. Is that a good way to work? I don't know. Is that what this blog is for? I don't know. I enjoy reading most when I have room to teach myself. Maybe this is why form is so important to meβ€”it can never be just casual. All the poem parts are telling something.

Oh that's just me, trying to save the villagers from the onslaught of my clarifications.