on poetry

February 19, 2015

Stephen Dobyns
“My poems always begin with a metaphor, but my way into the metaphor may be a word, an image, even a sound. And I rarely know the nature of the metaphor when I begin to write, but there is an attentiveness that a writer develops, a sudden alertness that is much like the feel of a fish brushing against a hook. So I wait and hope to reel it in. Sadly, a certain number get away.”
Stephen Dobyns
(b. February 19, 1941)
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