My practise is to invite words over time to share and chronicle my living processes, as opposed to making set pieces that are products in that they would strive for perfection and publication.
The long sequence and collage—forms I mostly work in—are anti-perfection. I seek words to embellish my flaws.
I am trying to change the nature of revision—so that instead of chiselling away at a first draft to sculpt it, I might instead invite more into it, and keep adding, toward cornucopia.
That’s why I started writing essay-poems: so the kitchen sink would know it was welcome.
I expose myself in my poems because I trust the reader to know what is dishonest and what isn’t.
I try to be honest. I try to find forms in which to be honest. I try to be musically honest.
When I first write something it is usually occasional and personal, but if I keep writing outward, I will come to an underlying rage, or an underlying joy that is impersonal—and that is shareable.
That’s why I write: to share music and form, rage and joy.
- Phil Hall, discussing his writing practice over at Atlantic Books Today. You can read the whole interview here.