Thinking through Revision

Revision links for all poems in the book’s text labeled “Thinking through Revision.”

Many of the poems in Wesley McNair’s unfolding series of book manuscripts were extensively revised even before he decided to include them in The Unfastening. In the book manuscripts, the revision process goes on, and here are examples of it. 

When They Lay Down”:
— from section 1, The Unfastening.

I Praise My Mother, the House Lover, At Last”:
— from section 1, The Unfastening.

The Fun of Running Back and Forth”:
— from section 2, The Master of Loss.

Russell in the Road”:
— from section 2, The Master of Loss.

This Poem”:
— from section 2, The Master of Loss.

The Master of Loss”:
— from section 2, The Master of Loss.

Old Poets”:
— from section 3, The Longing to See.

My Mother’s Harvest Centerpiece”:
— from section 3, The Longing to See.

Love”:
— from section 4, Maintaining.

What I Remember”:
— from section 4, Maintaining.

Getting Lost”:
— from section 4, Maintaining.

The Revolution”:
— from section 4, Maintaining.

Maintaining”:
— from section 4, Maintaining.