Recently, I had two really great editors look over my work and give me feedback. Both gave me excellent directions on what to do.
Start from semi-scratch.
Not from complete scratch, just semi-scratch: rethink the collection in terms of overall and the micro -- you know work on the collection.
In the meantime, there has been one constant question that has been asked -- overtly or subtly -- by my editors.
Can you state your collection in one simple sentence?
My response was:
"A generational exploration of fathers and sons who either overly-commit or are non-committal which leads to the same results: a spiritual, physical, and mental loneliness, yuugen"
Not as simple I suppose, but it's something.
I decided to put my analysis blog on hiatus so I can work on my collection and get as far as I can. I need to comb over every poem as though I'm analyzing it and make sure that these are the poems I want to fail with.
No time for success, acclaim is a distraction, learning from failure is coming.