HOW I WRITE by Paul Surman
Paul Surman: HOW I WRITE
It is interesting to read your mode of operation and how satisfying it can be; the idea of grabbing something is quite appropriate, as if gathering something from life and converting it into words. I look forward to your pamphlet coming out !
I rarely sleep all night, so I often take some vague idea I had during the hours of daylight, and examine it from all angles. During the process I often find a phrase enters my head that proves to be an irresistible start to a poem. When I was putting my first collection (Places - Oversteps Books) together I had a lot of poems that had been published in magazines, but no idea of a theme for the collection. I had all but given up, and had stopped thinking about it, when I woke up one morning and as soon as I opened my eyes the thought that it should be based around places was in my mind. I had not considered that idea before, but to my surprise it worked perfectly. It's almost scary having a part of your mind that is working away without you being consciously aware of it. I have since devised ways of making this work for me, the important thing is to let your subconscious work on whatever you want it to do for you, without interference from your conscious mind.
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This is a blog written by Dempsey & Windle poets about their inspiration for writing poetry