“Poetic Licence is a special Read Local BC column for National Poetry Month. Each column features one poet and a snapshot into their bookish world.
Renée Sarojini Saklikar is the current Poet Laureate for Surrey and her forthcoming book, Listening to the Bees (Nightwood Editions, 2018) is a book of essays and bee poems written in collaboration with Dr. Mark Winston:
A few excerpts:
“How do you write your first draft of a poem? – Almost always, first drafts are in pencil; although, these days, composition occurs in my head while walking/running, or dancing, or doing yoga. Then I have to race to my device (less than ideal), or better, home to my desk, or to a café to scrawl out lines on pages in my notebook.
How much do you edit or rewrite a poem, and how do you decide when it’s done (or good enough)? – I confess to compulsive editing and revision, even after book/chapbook publication. I’m obsessed with sound and syntax, less to description, so until the form and structure and sound feel right, I keep trying different combinations. May the poem never be done!”