Conversations with myself
In my own case, and I think in the case of a majority of poets, one begins with a gift phrase or a gift of words which comes out of the unconscious. That has rarely been sufficient for me. I’ve rarely gotten a poem in one or two sittings. I involve myself in a process of revision, and it’s when I revise that my conscious intelligence joins the conversation. So it’s my intention to make a poem of an internal conversation between various parts of myself, which are sometimes unconscious, sometimes semiconscious, sometimes speculative in conscious thought. Again, I think it’s more or less a valid way of proceeding because it indicates something about the nature of human beings in general.