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I believe inspiration is the true work of a poet – to use words like paint to make the world fresh, to enliven the ordinary, to render the insignificant eloquent.
Poetry is everywhere, and therefore, I never leave home without my notebook, my verbal camera, jotting down a ‘snapshot’ of how the ocean turns liquid silver just before sunset, or the body language of a leafless tree. Even remote images or feelings unrecorded never really leave, but store themselves in the brain’s hard drive to later find expression.
Although it is true that there is nothing new under the sun, a common experience filtered through the unique life experiences of a particular poet can expand and refresh our own understanding of a subject.