Julia Copus on writing poems

“Writing poems is a bit like panning for gold. You have to be prepared to sit for a long while in the cold murk of the river-bed and grow heavy with alluvial dust for the sake of the gold it contains.”
– Julia Copus, New Blood (Bloodaxe Books, 1999)

6 thoughts on “Julia Copus on writing poems

  1. Julie

    Awesome quote. Four words say it all: “cold murk” and “grow heavy.” I like that it’s sitting in a riverbed:)

  2. Rethabile

    Nice. Some have more experienced pans. Or maybe it’s really just all in the wrist.

    Probably is the amount of time you work at it, though.

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