Three cheers for the revision process!
I'm always reluctant to put revision suggestions into action when revising poems. In theory I am all in favor of getting feedback, and some things I instantly accept and change (grammar flubs, things that everyone misinterprets in ways I didn't intend), but it's those little cuts and switches that give me pause.
Recently my friend and Barn Owl Review co-po-editor Jay started giving me comments by just making the changes on the draft in Word and sending the revision to me. Holy crap--that is so helpful! Maybe it's only helpful because his comments are so good, but wow, it is so nice to actually see what somebody means and to read the changes in context.
I always feel a tad shady when I rewrite portions of my students' poems and stories (typed or by hand), but I guess it's different when you're working with a friend instead of a professor.
So how the heck do y'all revise your drafts? Let's hear it.
I will be spending my day sweeping up strange string beanesque seed pods in my yard and recaulking my showers, so perhaps I will think further on this topic as I work.
PS--I am going to get that beer mug insignia embroidered on all of my sweaters. Yeah.