the what inspires me series ...

from Jane Hirshfield, poet:
"Awareness and self-consciousness are delicate matters. Trying to examine more deeply what poems are and how they work has informed my life and brought me great joy. I don't think that attentiveness ever diminishes experience. There are times, however, when you don't want to be self-conscious. One is while writing the first draft of a new poem. At that stage too much consciousness is limiting and therefore damaging. It can wall off the permeable, the mysterious, everything you don't already know.
When I write, I don't know what is going to emerge. I begin in a condition of complete unknowing, an utter nakedness of concept or goal. A word appears, another word appears, an image. It is a moving into mystery. Everything I am and know and have lived goes into a poem. I hope I'll never be governed by theoretical knowledge when I set out to write.
Poems are born in part from the history and culture of other poems, but in writing I hope to learn a new thing, something fresh about what's going on in that moment, in my own life and in the world. Craft consciousness is essential to the finished poem, but comes later."
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J Cosmo Newbery said...

I like that. A good approach.

goatman said...

Look away and see whats infront of you. Indeed . . .
Nice help

red dirt girl said...

Yes, I like this approach too. And I love Jane's poetry - it is indeed multi-layered and mystic at times.

Have stumbled upon a blog that is posting pieces of 'inspiration' from other poets ... I shall continue thieving from them!