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Made-up words old and new, mansions in the sky and libraries of your dreams, making sense of poetry and nonsense of it all. It’s a contrary old wide world of writing, as Derek Hudson discovers


Sculpting poetry into shape

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Poet Ruth Padel explained the process of creating her art with some vividly rich language when writing in the Guardian: ‘Writing poems happens in two stages, which I think corresponds to using two sides of the brain. It’s like sculpting: first the imagination, then the chisel. The first stage is molten. You’re alert to everything, inside and out. The whole world is your material: malleable, like wet clay. This is the blessed stage, connected and open, but as vulnerable as a hatching butterfly. Anything can shatter it.

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