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    Chapbook questions

    I've been working on a series of poems that feels like it could become a chapbook, so I've got a question for you more experienced poets. How "tight" does a set of poems have to feel to you in order for it to become chapbook material? Not in terms of the technique or polish of the individual poems, but the relationships between them. What kinds of relationships between poems do you find successful in chapbooks? Are there any really good examples that a poet just poking her nose into the publishing world should look at and learn from? And if you've made one before, what was your experience writing and compiling it like?
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    In my experience, which is limited, the poems need to have some sort of connection to one another. My professors always told me that the connection should either be in a common motif, style, or some sort of connecting narrative.
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