Patrick Ness’s steam machine works for poetry too

I was thinking about the way Patrick Ness showed 1400 students how his ideas, facts (his me facts such as where he has lived), experience and feelings were transformed into story.

This works for poetry too. I was picturing a glorious steam machine where experience and feelings and words are fed though this mysterious thing that hisses and pumps and rolls and slides and lifts and falls. There are tubes and pulleys and pistons and colour and filters. At the end of this mysterious process — some magicalhow what you know (facts, but are any facts without value?) and what you feel (your feelings are always on the move, did I really like that song!) are converted into  ….. poetry!

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