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06 September 2017 | by Michael Symmons Roberts

The making of a poem: resurrection in verse

Resurrection in verse


For me, a poem rarely comes from a single starting point or “idea”. In fact, I’d be pretty suspicious of a new poem if it did. The poet Les Murray has said that a real, whole poem works on three levels – the daylight conscious mind, the dreaming unconscious mind and the body. If one or other of those is too dominant, then the poem will fail.


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