Coming up to the end of the year, I find I’m in no mood to look back at the highlights (some were very high) and low points (some were desperately low) of 2012. Nor am I in the mood to list my favourite this’s or that’s from the year. It came in, it Leapt, it lasted, and it’s coming to an end. Let it go, there will be other years.
One thing I’m doing this week, which I haven’t done before, is to go back over old stuff. I always throw out poems which aren’t working for me. The ones I think I’ve finished, I send out to magazines. But most of these aren’t accepted by editors, for a variety of good and sufficient reasons. I may try a second and a third magazine for favourites, but after that they sit in their ‘unpublished’ directories on my hard drive. This week I’m going over these older poems, to see if any of them can be revised or edited into a form which might get them accepted. More importantly, they’ve got to satisfy me that they’re worthwhile creations. I’m starting at the year 2000. There are earlier ones, but I doubt if they’re redeemable – I was a different writer then.
So, in 2013, as well as the new poems I’m going to write, I hope to have a selection of born again poems to send out.