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if you think you know what you’re doing

Just because you figure out how to do something once – discover a way to shape a poem around this image or that experience – doesn’t mean you ever get to do it that way again. The writer is always starting over, and if you think you know what you’re doing, you’re probably damned. This is the source of a wellspring of youth, of artistic energy, of the will to keep going. And it’s also damnably hard, and daunting.

– Mark Doty, interviewed in Seattlest. Part
I
. Part II. Via Bookslut.

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