Poetry Editing Services
In poetry and life, I am interested in relationships—between form and function, between eye and ear, between the poem and the reader. I have published one full length poetry collection, The Spoons in the Grass are There to Dig a Moat (Sarabande Books, 2016), and four chapbooks of poetry. Recent poems, essayettes, and very short fiction have appeared in Sweet: A Literary Confection, F3LL Magazine, and StoryQuarterly.
I will read your work and ask how form and function play, what each lends, or what created frictions promote regarding the goals of the poem or across the manuscript as a whole. I’m also curious about the poem’s method of approach—on what it depends—image, sound, syntax, line, voice—and how this keystone is functioning for the poem.
In my own work sound-play continues to be significant. I will read your poems aloud to better understand the unit of rhythm (line, stanza, sentence, white space) utilized. Diction choices and attention to connotative meaning will also be examined—are you getting the most out of each word in terms of emotional impact, potential meaning, and precise image? Is the world of the poem well developed, by whatever means you have put to the task? Is the voice authentic to itself and coherent (or if not, is that intentional)?
Of importance too—is there a space for the reader in the poem? I often fear being too clear and find out frequently the opposite is taking place in my poems. I am interested in the reader’s access into psychological space, and into the partnership of meaning making.
Line Edits for Single Poems: will focus on clarity, image, sensory experiences, and the line/sentence of measurement (prose poems). Is there room for the reader in the poem? How are we changed? Feedback will include what is working really well and suggestions for strengthening how any weaker areas.
Small Packet (5 pages): $70
Large Packet (10 pages): $135
Full Length Collections
Standard: in-depth reading and evaluation of your manuscript: including suggestions for organization, individual poems to cut or ideas of which threads to further develop, title suggestions, and a list of works/poets to read which may be in conversation with your work. I will help you consider how the manuscript could be restructured to create an different reading experience. $280.
Expanded: includes the above, and line edits for each poem in the manuscript. $500.
Standard: in-depth reading and evaluation of your manuscript: including suggestions for organization, individual poems to cut or ideas of which threads to further develop, title suggestions, and a list of works/poets to read which may be in conversation with your work. I will help you consider how the manuscript could be restructured to create an different reading experience. $140.
Expanded: includes the above, and line edits for each poem in the manuscript. $280.
Working on a micro chapbook? Something hybrid? I love the blur of tiny creative nonfiction, the weird short short story. If you have a need that doesn’t fit into these other boxes–please email me!
(Since 2017, I’ve offered consultations through Black Lawrence Press; these testimonials were gathered from my BLP clients. I highly encouraged you to check out BLP for other consultation opportunities!)