Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Clayre Benzadón : part three

What do you find most difficult about writing poetry?

For me, starting a poem is the most difficult, daunting part. Once I am able to jump over that hurdle of self-doubt, even if it’s one word, I usually already start to gain a string of ideas running through my mind, whether it be a scene or topic I want to explore, or whether it be soundplay I want to play with, whether it be through etymology or finding words that sound similar and that guide me through an exciting surreal landscape to explore. Another aspect I find to be difficult in my own work is the fact that sometimes, I let language get the best of me—I’ll be so engaged in the sound-heavy features of my poetry, that readers can get lost or confused—this is something I’m always trying to work on, finding the balance between sound and a more complete comprehension of image / subject.

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