He Reads Interviews

He reads interviews with poets who say each
poem goes through a minimum of forty-five
revisions over several months or years to come

to fruition on a legal pad not to mention what
has to be done to get it from pad to computer
with added re-visions. Sort of reminds him of

the classes he had in seminary on preaching
where the professors said that it took a min-
imum of twenty-hours a week of sermon pre-

paration time from reading the texts in the
original languages to reading the comment-
aries of good repute, to be determined given

proficiency in the original languages, to
making the preliminary notes to finding
the quotes that would highlight the essence

of the meaning of the texts to the complet-
ion of the manuscript to the time spent in
front of the mirror rehearsing (which the

professors would say doesn’t count be-
cause it isn’t scholarly pursuit) and per-
fecting the presentation of preaching.

What? Doesn’t accumulated time in life
experience count in the time it takes to
write a sermon or a poem? Might the

sermon or the poem be spontaneous given
the writer’s life experiences — a lifetime
of writing that sermon or poem or do poets

and scholars need to say that it takes forty-
five revisions minimum or twenty-some
hours minimum to feel better about actually

putting in less time? Maybe they should
just punch a time card if it makes them
feel like they really worked hard.


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