Monday, 8 March 2021

Alicia Wright : part three

What do you find most difficult about writing poetry?

It takes me a long while to identify the subject of a poem. I’m not exploratory; I’m specific. And then comes consideration and internalization of the subject’s conditions, implications, and connections, which takes place on a preverbal level, close to language’s moods but not yet in any of them—I have to wait and make sure I’ve paired the correct feeling and language with kind of vision. Then I form the poem through the appending of language to meaning in a moment, so I have to also be able to focus my physical body on its production, which is a whole other nested process that usually involves sleep deprivation, caffeine, and an immense bout of anxiety. Basically my answer is: writing a poem.

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