Here is poet Sarah Arvio’s description where one’s writing comes from–what I call “the otherness which writes my work.” It’s interesting that she mentions that being able to disavow responsibility for the genesis of the work is a dodge that “liberates”:

. . . you hear a voice in your mind and you start to write.  What a rapture, hearing this voice, and writing it as fast as it comes to you.  Does it matter if it’s yours or not?

In any event, since no one truly knows the nature of the mind or the soul, no one knows where thoughts or words come from–study as they may.

It’s interesting, also, to say “this was not me.”  It liberates, doesn’t it?

from The Best American Poetry Blog

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