Are you looking for better ways of consolidating your poetry? Do you have hundreds, maybe thousands, of poems you need to organize?
I started out organizing my poems in files on the computer by years and a hard copy back up in a notebook by years. As I moved toward taking my poetry professional, I developed a notebook called submissions with sheets that tell me what I sent where. I also created a master list broken up two ways:
1. Ready to be Published
2. Needs Workshopping
Every time I wrote a poem I decided which list to put it on. I found those two lists weren’t enough because I needed a file called Needs Work for poems that weren’t ready for either list.
At a poetry conference one speaker, Barbara Ras, mentioned that she makes a file folder for each poem. It seems like a lot of folders but this is starting to make sense to me now. Poems morph, grow, change titles and die. Perhaps a file for each one is the best way to keep up with all of the iterations each poem goes through.
Finally, I have a sparse file that says Published! I hope to grow that file in the years to come so big that I don’t even need the others! Until then, do any of you have any suggestions on systems that work for you? I’d love to learn from you, as would our thousands of viewers!
Please leave your comments below. What kinds of hurdles do you face in organizing your poetry? Have you found any solutions?