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210.
I am in the habit of saying: “Every poem is an opportunity to destroy my career.”

211.
When I say it, I imagine completely new work. Maybe I abandon the typographic experiments of The Black Automaton in exchange for a more traditional sonnet crown. Or I leave behind my investigations into manhood for poems about birds. I mean to surprise readers who have come to expect a particular kind of poem from me. I mean to surprise myself as well.

212.
I want it to mean that I am not afraid of trying something different, that I am not privileging my previous gestures, hiding behind what I know.

213.
But what it doesn’t mean, necessarily, is that I write the poem that demands to be written. You can spend a lot of time not writing such a poem.

via Craft Work : POEM : Douglas Kearney : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation.

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