Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Michael Maul : part three

How does a poem begin?

Poems usually begin with a knock on the door, and someone coming to answer. That’s how things get set in motion for me. The one who “knocks” may be an idea for a poem to be written, and an answer is the poet with whom it resonates and elects to give it a try.

From the opposite point of view, the knock may be initiated by the poet, as a gesture indicating they are available to the muses. And in this instance the “answer” is whatever is lurking behind the door that comes out to the poet to engage.

No comments:

Post a comment