I find writing extremely difficult to do; I’m too concerned with doing it well to actually enjoy myself. That being said, there’s a moment that comes, countless drafts in, when the elements that constitute a poem start snapping into place, when all its little gadgetry suddenly works and those disparate pieces unite to a single purpose, when the trajectory of the poem seems inevitable—that’s the good bit: when the poem works, when it becomes more than the sum of its parts. Otherwise, it would seem like a lot of pointless toil and frustration.More here.
Saturday, 3 December 2011
Struck like a bell
The ongoing Callananization of Canadian poetry continues with a new interview at Salty Ink where Chad Pelley says the poems in Mark's new book Gift Horse leave him "struck like a bell." Though Mark admits to some frustration with his own process: