Revisiting the Ghosts of Old Drafts with John Keene

March 14, 2022 | 1 book mentioned

At Bookforum, John Keene discusses his newest decades-in-the-making poetry collection, Punks, as well as his process for revisiting his older work, repurposing older versions of poems, and constantly approaching his creative process with questions rather than answers. “Rereading the older poems myself, I noticed certain key words and images over and over,” Keene explains. “I can see ghostly traces of previous versions. I began to see this inner structure of coherence that holds things together across time and across style.”

is a writer and illustrator. She is the author of two illustrated books, Last Night's Reading (Penguin Books, 2015) and Sanpaku (Archaia 2018).

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