i finished the first week of Making Manifest last night. the structure of the book has made me write slow–typically a night or two of such pre-writing, note-taking, and deep thought will produce a poem for me, but it requires you to go slowly about the writing process and not write a poem until the 7th day (and i’ve gone doubly slow, as i don’t have time to write everyday right now). this has yielded surprising results. the culmination of my notes and prewriting produced a poem that reveals such spiritual ugliness in me that i’m embarrassed to send it out or have it critiqued–it has been a long time since i’ve written something revealing. so though at first i questioned the merit of this slow-and-steady way of writing–so much pre-writing and reflecting–i am tentative yet eager to continue on with the book.