‘It’s a messy process too. Full of delight and verve and sparkle, as well as failure, submission, defeat.’
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That first phrase or line is like a magnet drawing other words to it and they begin to gather, sometimes quickly, sometimes over years, but again have to be scribbled down before I forget them.
‘If I move to my laptop too soon I find it cuts off experiment and somehow ‘sets’ the poem in a way that makes if harder to make fundamental changes.’
‘I can write anywhere, and under most conditions, and yet, despite having motive, means and opportunity, I frequently lack the resolve to commit the perfect rhyme.’