Some people start their poems in notebooks. I understand the appeal as I love a good notebook myself, and there is something satisfying about the scratch of a nib on the page. I once lost a notebook however and so lost all my work. Ever since I always use a digital-first method when writing poetry. This is what I do.
I write poetry. On a good day, I’m prepared to accept this makes me a poet. Does being a poet confer any benefits for the poet? I want to ask, can writing poetry help you handle better the difficulties all of us experience? Can it begin to shape your own understanding of emotional or physical suffering or pain?
W H Auden wrote ‘poetry makes nothing happen.