Glyn Maxwell describes how poems establish their independence from inspiration.
Wednesday, 5 June 2013
"As you move into language, it teaches you something else. It's older and wiser than you; it makes connections you don't or which you consciously don't. Maybe it's a bit like that moment when you're tired and thought mutates into dream, where you're not controlling your thoughts anymore and another agency takes over. And I suppose this is one of the reasons that I've never got on with what's called free verse because I feel that if you're writing like that you're making it harder for that agency to take over. Because you're prioritizing what you normally think; your normal thought-processes, your prose thought-processes. But if you've got any kind of relationship with a white space or rhyme or sound or metre, any of those things, then you're allowing something else to begin."