|This page has a few measures, generally updated quarterly.
Over the last few years, how much have you written?
Quality over quantity of course, but quantity is countable.
I think I'm finally getting through my head that it is a good thing that number of poems drafted diverges from number of poems completed. This reflects how I'm discerning what's worth pursuing, and reflects the process of continuing to write to keep the skills in tune and exploring to see what comes. Here are the numbers of that moving target, "completed" poems:
The 18-Year Continuous Data Set
...as of Sept 26, 2010
Poems Drafted Month by Month:
...as of Sept 26, 2010
Here are stats broken down into stages visually.
Submissions rate does not include workshops, nor non-poetry such as flash fiction, articles, editorials or to anyone's blog including my own.
I'm tempted to tag it with time markers of when I took on new poetry projects, such as poem a day challenges, or went to inspiring events to demonstrate the effect (but
maybe we'll just not, and say we did).
It misses many axes and aspects from creation of draft to public sharing to publication. For instance, the chart doesn't reflect editing time or number of drafts. <shrug> Every data set has its loopholes; all the better for getting a handle on them. I'm in a quandry over how to chart the submission acceptances when some submissions are a couple poems, some chapbook length, some full manuscript. How do I weigh those? I have a habit of counting. (Had you noticed?) I have looked at a lot of ways to count "poem product". I had been writing poetry for about a decade when I started counting poems written in 1993. (Before this I tracked the rate at which I wrote hundreds of aphorisms between 1988 and 1990.) I had, between January 1, 1993 and Dec 31, 2004 completed over 750 poems. That is slightly less than the number I started in 2008 (at 761 poem first drafts).
Since either points in time I've submitted for publication a piddlingly small number but (blush) at least in '08 I sent out nearly 2 dozen submissions and read at open mic or by invitation over a dozen times. That's progress. A dozen left my hands for journals and contests and some got published in 07.
What do I mean by poem when I say "poem"? As far as these numbers go, a senryu or several-pager get counted as statistically equal poems if they both satisfied me as "finished" to the top of the form as I could do at that point in time. (After all to refine a haiku to minimalism can take at least as long as a long form. Futzing is forever.) It gets more complex as poems to a greater degree than ever can be torn back to a single phrase or expand out by pages, merge and split. And how do I count members of a series? Or I may have phrases jangling around in my head, and each line may come but take months. When did it start-start?
If you haven't already, I invite
you to look around at my PageHalfFull Chapbook. It's a few years old but I like some of it still.
i.e. Finally Asked the Questions (of Myself).
If you want to email me, send to pagehalffull@yahoo. com
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