How long does it take you to write a poem?

I can often write a draft of a poem maybe in twenty minutes, half an hour, an hour, but you have to understand there's twenty years of training led to that moment, of using words and studying and looking at language and the one thing I would say to any budding poets, it isn't easy just to write a poem. You have to use all those structures like simile and metaphor and personification and alliteration. Poetry, just like anything else is a craft. If you build a rubbish house, it will fall down, if you write a rubbish poem, nobody will be interested. It does take work and drafting and editing, and then you end up hopefully with a polished jewel.


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