Using Julia’s own 2005 poetry workshop for the Guardian, we will explore ideas by writing about what we don’t know.
“Poetry can be a brilliant way of exploring the things you don’t know. Let me explain. Often we write too literally, too logically or self-consciously, when it is the imaginative connections – the leaps of faith, the connections between images and words – that are interesting to the writer and the reader. Poetry is an odd combination of creative energy and technical ability. In this exercise we are trying to let ourselves free fall, then working on the poem to give it shape. I like poetry to be useful, and I think that by writing about what we don’t know we can explore all kinds of ideas within our minds, and help ourselves, too.”