~ “Please do not understand me too quickly.” ~ Andre Gide
Writing a poem is an act of surrendering the ego to the Unknown. Each new poem, if it has any power, drives us deeper into unpredictable, incomprehensible and unsettling territory.
It takes courage to go there naked with a blindfold on (i.e., ego-less), trusting only the muses to guide us, with no guarantees of what we’ll bump into or bring back — and knowing that whatever it is, it isn’t ours but theirs; it doesn’t come from us, but them.
Ultimately, the mature poet must come to understand and accept this hard-to-take fact: he is not the writer of the poem….it is.