What I’m Reading: Winter Tangerine’s “Shedding Skins”

Winter Tangerine has a fascinating issue that features poems alongside their earlier drafts, as well as the poet talking about the evolution of the piece.

Here’s an excerpt from Sara Biggs Chaney’s poem “The Engineers Lament the Inevitability of Foundation Collapse“:

Problems occur.
The floor runs slant.

Drop a marble on the doormat;
gravity will attend.

And her final words on editing:

At any rate, I decided this poem was finished when I could find no more tangles through which to comb.

Process is such an interesting thing, and as individual as a thumbprint. It often even varies widely from poem to poem. It’s great to get inside the mind of a poet, and behind the scenes with their work.

shedding skins

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