Thursday, October 8, 2015

Perhaps a Disadvantage

I'm working on grad school applications again. It's a bit fun. I don't exactly remember my undergraduate application process much. I remember having a time frame of six months to get all applications filled, financial aid forms filled, and essays. I remember lots of applications for scholarships and writing multiple drafts of essays.

It's not the first time I've worked on grad school applications, though. The latest round had an application full of essays. Many essays, and I remember being stumped by all the different ideas I wanted to present. I wanted full exposure, an essay with smooth styling that would declare every point beautifully and concisely. Well, let's just admit that I didn't finish my essays and the university changed their policies and processes and they're not accepting any more students into their program. That was nice.

This whole time though, I've waited. Rewrote thousands of narratives in my head that could satisfy more applications. I wholeheartedly believe in the power of editing and rewriting. But perhaps, all this refocusing on my writing (any piece of writing) goes to far. Perhaps, I should be adventurous and just pick the first 15 poems in my repertoire and call it day. Hit submit, and go. If only I listened to my great ideas.

I'm going to take an even bolder step. I'm going to pick 7 lucky poems from my files and organize them into a small theme. I've edited chapbooks and magazines before, this is just the same except more personal.  This more personal theme will be the new essays I rehearsed. They will be accompanied by new poems, sort of like high lights and low lights in an image. And then, perhaps my overthinking, over editing, and over rewriting won't be such a huge disadvantage after all.

What do you think? How do you choose which poems to submit to be published? Do you create themes? Or how else would you select the poems to represent you?

2 comments:

  1. Good question. Personally, if I am selecting multiple individual poems for submission, I'd typically either pick the ones the represent me in a light of progression from one point to today, or I just pick the more recent ones that fit a current theme like 'This is where I am today', and which cover a variety of topics like love, relationships (romantic, family, friends, ect.), personal struggles/progress, or change (personal, where I live, ect.).

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    1. That's a really good strategy! I might try a broader scope, like "this is who I've been and who I am today"..

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