hey friends, there’s a quote floating around here somewhere that I’m pretty sure I reblogged at some point myself but I just can’t remember what it was. It’s by a female poet, possibly from an interview, talking about how when you write a poem, it’s not because you have something to say but because you’re not sure WHAT it is that you’re trying to say? That ring any bells? If you could help out I’ll love you forever, I really need it x x x
is it this? xx
McSWEENEY’S: Why write poetry?
LINDENBERG: I think there is a general misconception that you write poems because you “have something to say.” I think, actually, that you write poems because you have something echoing around in the bone-dome of your skull that you cannot say. Poetry allows us to hold many related tangential notions in very close orbit around each other at the same time. The “unsayable” thing at the center of the poem becomes visible to the poet and reader in the same way that dark matter becomes visible to the astrophysicist. You can’t see it, but by measure of its effect on the visible, it can become so precise a silhouette you can almost know it.
full interview here