ON BEING TOLD MY POETRY WAS FOUND IN A BROKEN PHOTO-COPIER
“Your poetry is jamming my machine!”
So a woman said to Malcolm Guite one day when he was trying to use a photocopier. Here, he tells the story of a mundane task gone wrong, and how it prompted him to write a new poem about a forced pause. Sometimes, poetry pushes back, disrupting our lives long enough to look at the words we’re holding in our hands.