Carl Spitzweg, Der Arme Poet [The Poor Poet], (1839)

Back Draft is an ongoing interview series exploring the revision process in poetry. Conducted by Ben Purkert, each interview provides a window into how a poem takes shape.

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Carl Phillips: “Proof by Morning” / “Is It True All Legends Once Were Rumors”

Victoria Chang: “Obit” / “Obit”

Heather Christle: “Untitled” / “The Spider”

Cynthia Cruz: “Hollywood” / “Nature Mort”

Cedar Sigo: “Man Sitting with Yellow Flowers” / “Man Drowning with Flowers”

Catherine Barnett: “En Route” / “En Route”