August 20th, 2008

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Personal note; thank you...

My thanks to all of you who posted comments about "Get Thee To," and for all your kind words. That was a very hard -- very stubborn -- poem to write; I've been working on it, off and on, for more than three years, and had begun to think I was never going to be able to get it finished.

My metaphor for writing poetry is carving away everything that isn't the poem, in order to turn the poem loose. With "Get Thee To" it seemed to me that the more I carved, the more determined the poem was to burrow into the chunk of language I was holding and hide from me. It fought back.