1st step: Moleskin notes. Phrasings. collages, diagrams, and quotes
2nd step: organizing the notes, fragments into tentative lines on an old PC laptop
3rd step: transferring the tentative lines via usb flash drive onto my powermac and adding them to the ongoing document/manuscript
I find these process quite useful after working on two book length (or serial poems) because it prevents, or at least partially disables, the hostile takeover of my 2nd order reasoning (i.e. how can I link the theme/image/sound/idea on pg. 12 with pg. 13).
I am also heavily revising Campanology for this reason. I feel I was trying too hard to repeat/make it all cohere. Of course I want it to cohere, but in more than one way (i.e. thematically). So the ms Campanology is now retitled Sprog and is broken into three sections:
Section 1: Campanology
section 2: Shem/Sham
It's was also useful to let the manuscript set for six or seven months and work on other projects. Fresh takes etc.
The strange thing is: I revise manuscripts and poems best right after I send them out to journals and first book contests.