• Rebecca Schumejda

Something Like Forgiveness (Behind the Scenes)


My new book, an epic poem coupled with collages by Hosho McCreesh, is in the works. The idea behind the project came when I received an invitation to submit work for a book that quickly morphed into a more collabrative project that diverges from my wonted style. My focus for my last three poetry collections hinged on settings and characters and I endeavored to reintroduce the characters from one collection into another. I enjoyed getting to know my characters and then being surprised by how they evolved. I thought I would continue to work with these characters, but then changed direction and decided to write more about myself and some experiences that I have been dealing with.


When I received the invitation to submit a book, I was in the middle of working on a series of poems about tragedy, mental illness and the impact of incarceration on family members. I was not ready to submit those pieces as a collection yet, so I decided to write a stream of consciousness piece that would afford me the opportunity to work through some of the writing ruts that I was encountering. Within a month or so, I completed the first draft of the book and shared it with my friend and fellow writer, Dan Crocker. He loved what I was doing and encouraged me not to overedit, which I am infamous for. I am excited about working with Jeanette Powers, from Stubborn Mule Press, on this project and will continue to post about our progress.








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