We are finishing the week by digging deeper into the process that brought you the featured poem of the Collaborative Voices folio, "A Battle for America," by Sean F. Munro & Henry Goldkamp. Here, Sean F. Munro discusses winners and darlings, while sharing a glimpse of Jazz Fest:
We defined collaboration as a mathematically equal share of the creating, editing, revising, and choosing winners in each versus verses. Since Henry went into this extensively in his post, I won't repeat.
"Stay Raw" - from Jazz Fest
The most surprise came while we pared down a large set of versus verses for a poem. I would discover Henry's darlings – as he would mine – that he couldn't bear to cut, and he'd call a veto. We had three for each poem, and the pressure to use them unveiled much of our poetic allegiances. The exhilarating surprise was what line won the bracket. We didn't choose a winner before we started the tournament process. It fascinated me to watch the line arrive out of our collective conscious.
Shout-out to Brett Evans who invented and coined 'versus verses.' We took it further, but it started in his head.