Sunday, 6 January 2019

Eric Schmaltz : part four

What do you find most difficult about writing poetry?

The most difficult part of writing poetry is not writing poetry. A poem first arrives as a phone call from an unknown number with poor reception; it is a voice that is difficult to decipher. I listen and feel an urgency and longing to know the voice that presents itself. I desire to fulfill the demands of the poem but I must sit, listen, and wait on the line before the static clears and the poem begins to emerge. Sitting and waiting can be the most difficult part.

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