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Elizabeth Bishop, The Art of Poetry No. 27
Issue no. 80 (Summer 1981)
I can write prose on a typewriter. Not poetry. Nobody can read my writing so I write letters on it. And I’ve finally trained myself so I can write prose on it and then correct a great deal. But for poetry I use a pen. About halfway through sometimes I’ll type out a few lines to see how they look.