Composing a traditional poem is both an emotional and intellectual exercise: the process of articulating the chaotic matters of the heart and shaping them into utterances that follow a coherent pattern. To the rational artist, it is an exhilarating and engrossing task impossible to replicate in any other poetic style.
It is always the first version you hear of a song that you tend to prefer. Today I discovered that Gareth Dickson’s “Atmosphere” is a Joy Division cover (having finally listened to their discography) and naturally, I prefer Gareth Dickson’s interpretation.
I return tentatively to working on poetry today. There is no occupation so fulfilling.