How can we write poems that are alive, exciting and most of all original? I believe it’s about leaving what we know out of our pure expression and drilling down into the subconscious. I like to turn to the surrealists for inspiration. The poems I write may not always eventually be surreal, but reading the surrealists and using surreal techniques can lead the way towards writing something true and fresh.
“The word ``surrealism'' having thereupon become descriptive of the generalizable undertaking to which we had devoted ourselves, I thought it indispensable, in 1924, to define this word once and for all: SURREALISM, n. Pure psychic automatism, by which it is intended to express, verbally, in writing, or by other means, the real process of thought. Thought's dictation, in the absence of all control exercised by the reason and outside all aesthetic or moral preoccupations.”
Some favourites of mine below and suggested reading: