Apr 28, 2014

ANDREI DOBOS--My Writing Process--Blog Tour

Many thanks to poet Andrei Dósa for inviting me to participate in the “my writing process” blog tour. You can see his own response here.

1.  What am I working on?

I am a bit superstitious about the ‘working on’ topic. Until I’m 100 percent sure that the work is done, something keeps me from discussing it. That is also because I’m never quite sure what will come out at the other end. In a way, the unknown is the most compelling thing in writing poetry (reading also, in some cases). Not mystery, because mystery has this fantasy component in it, but surprise, like when you hear a first line – see a first image – and you keep on hearing them, keep on seeing without knowing where this will take you – until the very end of the process.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Difference is always a matter of preference: accidental creativity (spontaneous one might say – but this term is questionable), innocence, shamanic regression and memory. I don’t believe in the sanctity of narratives or in the exclusivity of human perspective. Technically, there is a continual search for rhythmical explosions, satori-like images; poetry that believes in its own revelatory power and has over time selected its proper mediums: confession, landscape, elegy, prophecy and love.

Why do I write what I do?

Passion, agony and a dependence of that surprising feeling when something good comes into light.

How does your writing process work?

Sometimes it’s striking. It just comes and I write the poem in one sitting. But most of the time it’s just a sort of indistinct noise and shapeless energy in the deeps of my consciousness. Then I have to listen, to put myself in the right situation (place, mood etc.) so that I can hear the poem.


Andrei Doboş was born in 1984, in Turda. He published his first collection of poetry Mănăştur Story in 2007, followed by Inevitabil in 2011. 

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