Blogs by John Howard Reid
Love & City Dreaming
12/4/2009 11:56:05 PM
I've spent all my life in the book trade, most of it in the editor's chair, so it was a simple matter to decide who was going to edit my wife's life-long accumulation of literary work.
Although she also wrote essays, stories, plays and children's books, Margaret Havill Reid's main literary endeavors were in the field of poetry -- a field in which she won many awards, including being named "Poet of the Year" in 1993 and Chief Runner-Up in 1994.
Margaret never threw away anything she wrote. Even when she penned a second, third or fourth version of a poem, she kept all four. This added to the vast volume of material she left behind, but it was certainly a good idea. Quite often I preferred one of the earlier versions to the final draft. And in a few case, I even combined three or four different variations!
However, it was not all plain sailing. All the earlier poems -- including some really beautiful romantic verses -- were handwritten, and much of this was presumably jotted down while traveling. Some of the poems were untitled and a few of the best were obviously incomplete. My task was twofold -- decipher and supply!
Nonetheless, I feel that the final result of my endeavors, "Love & City Dreaming", is a book that Margaret will be proud of!
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