Poet James Merrill’s “The Doodler,” second draft.
Throughout his life, Merrill was given to nearly incessant doodling. In his second collection, The Country of a Thousand Years of Peace, he devoted a poem to his compulsion. There were fifteen drafts in all; the seriousness of early drafts gives way to playfulness in the last.
From issue 182, Fall 2007.

Poet James Merrill’s “The Doodler,” second draft.

Throughout his life, Merrill was given to nearly incessant doodling. In his second collection, The Country of a Thousand Years of Peace, he devoted a poem to his compulsion. There were fifteen drafts in all; the seriousness of early drafts gives way to playfulness in the last.

From issue 182, Fall 2007.

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