Waiting for Bluebeard is an attempt to understand how a girl could grow up to be the woman living in Bluebeards house. The collection is semiautobiographical, and although the book is inhabited by events that are not all factually true, I was attempting to get at a more powerful truth a metaphorical truth to show what parts of my life have felt like, and to walk the reader through those experiences. Making sense of experience, writes Seamus Heaney, is a good reason for writing poems, but not good enough reason for sharing them. We want to end up with poems that rose beyond their immediate occasion that transmuted experience into art. One of the ways of doing this is to use metaphor to carry experiences on their backs. To extend your metaphor over a poem and then further, over a whole sequence of poems, enables you as a writer to imagine a whole world analogous to the real one. You do not let the reader go at the end of one poem; you invite them to stay with you. Think of Ted Hughes epic Crow, or any of Vasko Popas sequences.
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