There is a contrast between honing an individual poem and the process of assembling a collection, assistant professor of English Ishion Hutchinson believes.
“A book is a different kind of experience,” he said, drawing a parallel to the artist Joseph Cornell, and “those magical boxes. Many poets are attracted to him, for good reason. You assemble pieces, and together they offer a rich experience.”
Hutchinson reflected on this in a discussion of the writing process for his second book of poetry, “House of Lords and Commons.” His previous collection, “Far District: Poems,” was published in 2010.