Early last fall, I had a the privilege of editing a collection of Poetry by Oliver Munro. Working with Poets on their manuscripts is one of my very favorite types of jobs. I enjoy the pure partnership necessary when editing poetry, because it is a completely different way of looking at Editing. While you absolutely need to have a good solid structured editing foundation, you also need to have honed the unique ability (for an editor) to let go of the rules when needed. Poetry has it’s own rules, chief among them being that sometimes, you throw out the rules for the sake of the poem and Poet.
Editing Oliver’s “I’ll Think About It!” was pure joy for me due to the variety of style he used for his poetry, and because his subjects were thoughtful and provoking. He tackles his poems with finesse and whimsy, a dry sense of humor, and yet addresses several important issues while delivering them with, acerbic humor and a dose of self-deprecation. But don’t let his own thoughts on his book, as he turns his humor inward, take it as a challenge and read it! It’s a wonderful blend of thoughtful discovery, lessons learned, and his current conclusions about life, as he knows it.
I’m excited to see that he has published his book on Amazon.com and encourage you to head on over and order yourself a copy!