July 19th, 2006

Loon

EIGHT more poems ... and we're done with that notebook!

Yes, with this batch the recent onslaught of old poems is over! I can hear rejoicing in the virtual streets ... not that anybody was bothering to actually read any of them ... you're just happy that these strange stacks of LJ-cuts are going to quit showing up in your Friends view. Anyway ... here they are:

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... that's forty ...

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... that's fortyone ...

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... that's fortytwo ...

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... that's fortythree ...

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... that's fortyfour ...

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... that's fortyfive ...

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... that's fortysix ...

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... and that's fortyseven, and we're done!

Just in case you're wondering, there are 48 pages in each little note book, but I typically used the last page for notes and phone numbers, etc. (and glued in a small calendar inside the back cover) so they all have a max of 47 poems.

I actually sort of feel bad about "dumping" all of these out like this ... "back in the day", when I was putting out a "chapbook" collection every couple of years, I'd only really be "showing" about 1 in 10 poems. Back then I wrote 250 poems a year, so over 2 years I'd have 500 poems, from which I'd pick what I considered to be the best 50, and put those out in a 52-page book (title page, copyright page, and 50 poems), so a lot of the "dross" was not getting wide circulation. Just in the interest of completeness (and copyright), I also did a comb-bound annual book which had all 250 poems, but I typically only made up a dozen or so copies of that, with two copies going to the Library of Congress, a couple going into my files, and the rest going out as Xmas presents to a select group of friends and relatives. I have considered doing something like that via LuLu ... not that anybody would buy an annual collection, but it would nice having the more recent stuff out in non-virtual form!


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