One of the poetry collections I constantly return to that was published over the last few years is Sandra Beasley’s quite brilliant ‘Count the Waves.’ I won’t preempt the review in Arfur#1, but I don’t think the lady will be losing any sleep over it.
Anyway, it set me thinking about all of those poets out there who are putting collections together, and how there really isn’t an instruction book on how best to do it. I guess I’d always assumed that, like a band writing an album, poets sit down and write them start-to-end, or perhaps they write a lot of ‘singles’ and then collect them into their own 20-golden-greats-not-available-in-the-shops. Maybe they just take lots of drugs and Jam them in the studio, I don’t know.
I don’t get out much.
That was when I realised that I really didn’t know how they do it, and more to the point how you go about following-up a collection like Sandra’s. There is a certain pressure, I imagine.
So that is when I thought I would start to stalk Sandra Beasley. Which I guess gives a spin on ‘A Restricted View From Under The Hedge’ that I hadn’t really intended from the start.
Luckily, there is no need for any restraining orders as I did the decent thing and asked the lady herself whether we could all follow her as she works toward her next collection. This would be a series of articles in Arfur over however long it takes for the book to be completed, and we can see what is involved along the way.
So I’m pleased to say Arfur #1 sees us starting to follow Sandra’s progress, and all very uber cool it is too.