Friday, 25 June 2021

Gill McEvoy : part five

How important is music to your poetry?

A poem is nothing if it has no music of its own; it needs a rhythm, a subtle musicality. Music, as poetry, can dare to go into the deepest and most difficult terrain of the human experience. It goes hand in hand with poetry. And for the poet, and I mean this particularly for myself, there is music to be heard in so many mundane things: the four notes of a gate creaking open, the notes of a sign swinging in the wind, the swish of tyres on a wet road, the tiny vibrations of a spoon settling on a counter. This all goes back to my joy when my aunt was teaching me about simple words. Sound. I am so grateful for hearing. 

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