Wednesday, 22 March 2000

From "Don't Start Me Talking"

ALLEN: What is ‘poetic fiction’? I ask because I’ve been reading Barbara Guest’s Forces of Imagination in which one of the little essays, ‘Poetry the True Fiction’, eloquently equates poetry with fiction and it kind of matches my own sense, a sense which I often attempt to deny both in practise and theoretically, that poetry is intrinsically about that which is not factual. The romanticism of the notion appals me, but I think I have found that it is in fact the basis of my own poetic realism; it implies being straight with oneself and as such the contradictions inherent in this ‘unreal thing which exists’ become more addictive and fascinating, not less.

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