Monday, 31 May 2021

Sarah Dowling : part five

How does a poem begin?

My poems begin with obsessions, unanswerable questions, and phrases that I can’t get out of my head. For my last book, Entering Sappho, I began with the title of the collection, which is a phrase I saw on a road sign in rural Washington. I couldn’t get it out of my head, and over the course of six years, the whole collection grew out of those two words.

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