My notebook is filling up quite fast since I determined to write a poem every day. Some general observations about writing poems by hand in a notebook:
1) It makes it easier for someone like me who typically overwrites to keep things simple.
2) I usually write the entire first draft without stopping. If I'm typing instead of writing by hand, I tend to revise in process and also look things up!
3) I'm writing fully in my own voice. When I type instead of writing by hand, I notice I tend to echo other poets more frequently.
4) When it comes down to typing up poems, I can take a slow, careful look at the draft and build on it.
5) I tend to keep a sharper focus because I'm writing short poems, usually no more than a single page.
6) The poems, as a whole, are a lot stronger than when I type first drafts.
7) The notebook becomes like an actual book of poetry as I write it and I can read over the drafts, like reading another poet, many times before I get around to typing and revising them.
This may only be the case for now. I'm wide open to changing my métier at any time, almost at the drop of a hat. I feel very strongly that a poet should try many different approaches, although I also feel we each have a certain comfort zone. For example, I like to write nature themed poems in tercets. If my life depended on writing a poem, that's probably where I'd start. But that doesn't mean I shouldn't experiment with city themed prose poems -- or sonnets about the "supreme" court.
At any rate, I plan to change the size of the notebook when I fill this one up. My biggest problem is finding gel pens that I can rely on and that feel right to me. The last ones I bought are excellent, but they don't have any labels on the actual pens, like absolutely nothing, and I threw the package away so I don't remember what brand they are!
Poems Written: 297
Submission Tally: 47
Rejections: 17 (10 tiered)
Poems written today: "Park Sprinklers", "Cherry Climb"