Sunday, 3 February 2019

John Luna : part three

3. When you require renewal, is there a particular poem or book that you return to? A particular author?

There are books I would never willingly part with, and people I do reread for pleasure, but I’m insecure enough to have some anxiety about influence. When I was younger I would have to be reminded that there was such a thing as a poem, and so direct myself to a poem by Adrienne Rich or T.S. Eliot or Paul Celan. Now, I generally am trying not to think of a poem as something that exists in any comparative way. I reread things of my own in a certain way (rhythmically and meanderingly) if I want to remember my own humour and tactile reasoning and that can help, especially, with the process of editing.

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