It is no hyperbole to say that I am in love with this issue. asakiyume has aptly demonstrated why that is a perfectly reasonable reaction to have.
A few words about Betsie Withey: those of you who attended Wiscon 34 in 2010 may have purchased some of her flower barrettes and headbands. You may also have seen the incredible fibre art dress* that won her a Best in Show award. She's basically completely amazing, and I can't recommend her work enough. I want a garden of things made by her hands.
Also, if you, like me, love knowing about the genesis of poems, you might be interested in checking out CSE Cooney talking about the conception of her first villanelle, or Sonya Taaffe mentioning the inspiration behind her Lyric Fragment.
If any other contributors would like to chime in about their poems' origins, by all means feel free!
*That's Goblin Fruit Assistant Editor Caitlyn A. Paxson modelling that dress. As she does.