n English in Africa - The composition process




As far as I can gather, the writing of a poem starts with a word or a phrase or a line or a vision. Which one immediately attempts to suppress because the ensuing processes range from that initial minor annoyance (rather like a thorn in the seat of the trousers) to very hard work indeed involving the making and breaking of phrases, agonising decisions on the selection of what are probably totally unimportant words, obsessive writings and rewritings to cut down as closely as possible to the so-called 'truth,' which being interpreted is: saying what it is one is trying to convey.


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