Wednesday, 16 June 2010
I recently bought the Complete Poems of John Fuller. I've been reading them. I discover to my astonishment that my own poems are deeply derivative of Fuller's. This astonishes me because, before buying this volume of complete poems, I had never knowingly read any of Fuller's verse. It's of no real consequence, of course, in the sense than my own poetry is of no consequence, or no more consequences than five hundred thousand other dilletante blogging poets. Except for this one little way in which it is a little remarkable ... it shows, I suppose, that Fuller must have influenced a great many poets who have, in turn, influenced me. I ought to have known about him.