9. Promises

9. Promises Stephen O'Connor "Most of the nineteen poems in Yellow Valley came to me during one of the most extraordinarily productive periods of my writing life. My family and I had gone to France for a month, and our schedule did not allow me the uninterrupted concentration necessary to continue working on the book I had been writing. At the same time, I felt constrained by the intellectual and verbal habits developed over the previous decade. So I decided to experiment: I would write at least fourteen lines of poetry every morning, and none of it would make any sense. I saw almost instantly that everything I was writing was making a fair bit of sense, but since I was producing a great deal more than fourteen lines a day and all of it was feeling fresher and more true than anything I had written in years, I was content. The imagery in the poems was, naturally enough, suggested by the countryside in which I was staying, with the title image coming from the valley of unharvested wheat over which I would look every morning as I wrote. "The Yellow Valley poems collectively explore a paradox: we live in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Missouri Review University of Missouri

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Stephen O'Connor "Most of the nineteen poems in Yellow Valley came to me during one of the most extraordinarily productive periods of my writing life. My family and I had gone to France for a month, and our schedule did not allow me the uninterrupted concentration necessary to continue working on the book I had been writing. At the same time, I felt constrained by the intellectual and verbal habits developed over the previous decade. So I decided to experiment: I would write at least fourteen lines of poetry every morning, and none of it would make any sense. I saw almost instantly that everything I was writing was making a fair bit of sense, but since I was producing a great deal more than fourteen lines a day and all of it was feeling fresher and more true than anything I had written in years, I was content. The imagery in the poems was, naturally enough, suggested by the countryside in which I was staying, with the title image coming from the valley of unharvested wheat over which I would look every morning as I wrote. "The Yellow Valley poems collectively explore a paradox: we live in

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Published: Jan 3, 2007

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