Ralph Waldo Emerson (via apoetreflects)
I believe in inspiration, but I believe it usually comes to us during the process of making a poem. That is, we generate it through our attentiveness to the act of writing. Sweat and tears create what can be ‘received.’ Hard work creates the possibility of the unforeseen gift. Inspiration is earned, I think, rather than bestowed. If one morning it seems to come to us out of nowhere, then I believe we earned it the day before."
Lawrence Raab, from an online interview for How a Poem Happens: Contemporary Poets Discuss the Making of Poems (via apoetreflects)