Living bloats me. I have, until recently, been unable to distract myself from the feeling of it in order to pay homage to the details that accumulate to create these feelings: ‘The actual substance of it, the material facts of it, (that) embed themselves in us quite a long way from the world of words.’4 Words and details make experience relatable and it is not until we set off in exploration for these words that we discover we do not know what to say. The poet, whose goal is publication, should not be a selfish poet, should not write so cryptically that the reader cannot understand and relate to the poem. Our job is to tell the truth, to put into words those feelings which are so hard to name, to be exhaustive in the naming of things, to encourage living (feeling) for those that might read the poem, inspiring courage when faced with life’s difficulties, knowing that the poet has experienced it too.
In my poem A Change I record observations about light and compare them to a previous experience of it, in an attempt to highlight the effects... [continues]
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