A Very Nice Surprise!
Putting a poetry collection together is a difficult business. Poet Pascale Petit runs courses on it and I wish that I'd been able to go to one. How do you decide what to put in? Do you compile it chronologically? Or thematically? And if the latter, what is going to be the theme?
I spent two weeks with an assortment of poems on the dining table, arranging, re-arranging, seeing what sat comfortably next to what, deciding which poems fitted and which ones didn't. At first I put out what I thought were my best poems, but it was a wierd assortment. So I began to think about what subjects I'd written on most. Travel seemed to come up quite a lot, then other kinds of journeys, such as relationships. So the collection began to take the shape of a travelogue with all the people I'd met, or who had been important to me in there too. The title gave me a lot of trouble - I know they have to be eye grabbing. In the end I used the poem I wrote in Wellington last August when I waved Neil off to Cambodia. 'Not Saying Goodbye at Gate 21'. Then I pressed 'send' on the email toolbar, crossed my fingers, and forgot.
Thank you Templar Poetry!