bridges of sand, bridges of stone
|graduate workshop droppings|
decades ago, in one of my grad school poetry workshops. Mary Swander asked us to start thinking
of all our work as pieces of one collection, and to write with a unifying theme
in mind. i recognized my verse was often about miscommunication, and started writing
under the working title Bridges of Sand, Bridges of Stone.
in the style of Goreys Gashlycrumb Tinies, i decided to limit myself to 26 poems entitled with a persons name for each letter of the American alphabet. however, eventually someone somehow recognized the real person behind R is for Ratsmay, so i decided to alter my titles. the benefits included opening the collection to more than 26 pieces, and not tweaking my friends quite so hard.
workshop critics kept asking me to clarify the meaning of my working title, so eventually Bridges of Sand became Discontinuities. ill have to add a poem about that, someday.
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