I will incline mine ear to the parable, and shew my dark speech upon the harpfrom Psalm 49
+JMJ+This is a very late comment, I know, but this just occurred to me:Perhaps those young poets write with the radio in the background? =PDisembodied voices singing in one's ear can certainly keep one from hearing his own voice! (I write from personal experience.)
I used to write with radio jazz in the background, and occasionally, horror of horrors, wrote with the TV on in the background!Once, exactly once, I wrote a poem before the Blessed Sacrament. It was my Magnificat villanelle. But even though Bishop Sheen regularly did it, I think that writing before the exposed Sacrament -- in my case -- is a distraction from what one should be doing, which is praying! (Not to judge the venerable bishop, who was a far better Christian than I'll ever be.)For most of my seventeenth year, the "sound" I would hear as I was writing was the sound of Dylan Thomas. His influence doesn't show now, and I sometimes wish it did!
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