Thursday, 16 July 2020

Stella Hayes : part four

What do you find most difficult about writing poetry?

I have no problem of consciously entering a state of utter delirium, but I have a problem leaving it without taking something back. My second book Nowhere with Him, came at a great cost. I wrote it in workshop with the great poet Natalie Handal in a year and a half. I completed it last summer and when I was done, I felt like I couldn’t write another line for as long as I lived. It’s a book of elegies — real and imagined — about my late father who died when we were both too young—he at 50 years old. It took me a few months to recover and I half-started Propaganda.

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