Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Sharon Olds in Conversation

Poet Sharon Olds discusses her writing here. In this interview for Poets.org, she describes when she likes enjambment, the rhythm of hymns in her work, and how she revises early drafts.

I particularly like the way she identifies the rhythms of her poetry as working against the hymns of her upbringing. Recently I've noticed a shift in my own poetry. I've begun to move away from the tight, sparse, plain-speaking poetry which I used to love so much (perhaps because I came from prose), to something a bit more lyrical and loose.

Read it for some sound advice and an interesting analysis of what makes a writer tick.

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