Friday, February 5, 2010
The Writer's Life: Proofing the Proofs for (I hope) the Final Time ...
This is the part of the book process that I find the most difficult. Not only do I worry incessantly that I am missing embarrassing typos, but my poems start to look very tired after the fourth, fifth, tenth go round. I usually don't obsess about whether my poems are good or bad -- they just are -- like my cats or my life. Tonight, however, I want them to be 100 proof like this expensive vodka. (I don't even drink vodka.)
To cheer myself up I wrote this description of my book to a friend. I should probably not leave it up - but it feels so very true at the moment:
Susan Rich wishes this book were better. She wants to be Elizabeth Bishop, but she is not. Try reading the poems about food — they will wet your appetite and you can then close the book and head out for a good meal.
I am so very happy to be almost finished with this process. I think when the book arrives on my doorstep in early April I will, of course, love it. Have other people had this intense self-doubt just as the book goes to the printer?
PS I just "proofed" this post and found a typo in the title. You see why I don't trust myself!