Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Micheline Maylor : part two


What do you find the most difficult about writing poetry?

            Self doubt. An author can tinker with a poem endlessly and the second guessing can become paralyzing. The precision of the language and the constructs can over-ride the feel of the poem at times. I can look at the same line and see three or four different ways to re-phrase the line either through language or grammar. At some point, you just have to let it go. There’s that famous quote by Oscar Wilde, “I was working on a proof of one of my poems all morning and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.”


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