May 15, 2005


When I look at the writing I have done this year, the first feeling I get is that I am proud of myself. There is very little of my finished writing that isn’t exactly as I hoped it would be, and in many cases better. I can tell, especially in my poetry, that I have improved greatly over the year, but also in other areas. I have enjoyed investigating areas of writing such as life writing, which, previously, I had never delved into, and this something I will defiantly want to take further. As I have already said, I believe I am a poet at heart. However, that does not stop me from wanting to investigate prose. One of the forms of poetry that we studied in the first term was prose poetry; I would like to turn this around, and play with ‘poetic prose’, in fiction and in life writing. One of my great ambitions is to compile a collection of pieces of life writing about my relatives, building upon “A perfect marriage”, and “Bert Wyer”. Writing, for me, is a fever that I don’t want to get rid of, and so intend to feed it and feed it, over the next two years, and for the foreseeable future. George Orwell said that “all writers are vain, selfish and lazy, [but] at the very bottom of their motives there lies a mystery” (Orwell, 6), and it is this mystery that I intend to uncover through my writing over the next few years.

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