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I came across a fabulous tip. Do not write in the first few pages of your notebook. When you’ve completed the notebook, add page numbers. Then add a Table of Contents to the front pages. List your poems and their page numbers. If you want to be ambitious, add a category or theme. Now you’ll be able to see the thematic connections in your poems at a glance. When you collect the poems together for a submission set, chapbook or a cd, you already have a starting point to organize your work.
Isn’t each complete notebook, a collection itself? How delicate and clean a Table of Contents can be. It’s a map to an entire collection. Honor National Poetry Day in the Uk, take a completed notebook and add a table of contents.