Tuesday, September 25, 2012

News at Eleven: [Bill Manhire] wrote the poem,

Erebus Voices, quickly. "I'm someone who doesn't believe in this thing called inspiration. Hard work is the thing that produces possibility."

Deadlines are a creative constraint, rather like the exercises Manhire has foisted on his writing students over the years, such as asking for a story constructed only from words found on a newspaper's racing page.

Such exercises work, says Manhire, because "if you insist on a really ridiculous set of rules it makes people more inventive".

from Sunday Star Times: The wizard of odes


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