Interview with Peter Gebler

What makes you write poetry?
I don't know. It's not a vocation. Sometimes a poem just knocks at the front door and demands to know what I intend to do with it. It's usually dishevelled and incoherent at this stage.
What happens after that?
I let it in, shove it down into the cellar and leave it there to calm down and marinate for a while.
How does the poem get out of the cellar?
Most don't. Some eventually bang loudly enough until I let them out and then tidy them up.
This is not a real interview, is it?
It's as real as a poem - a figment of my imagination. All the answers are true, though.
Published 2014-07-05.
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