I've been writing poems since the mid-1960s. Perhaps a dozen poems have been published in various journals over the years. This way of writing gave me a different approach than what I do as a historian. There's still an archive I'm working with, but stored inside me not in a library. If I preserve it, the thought can be shared. It may generate other, very different thoughts in readers. The process of discovering meaning is like trying to draw with water on a scorching hot day.
Images, the beautiful ones no less than the ugly and banal, start fading away before they are finished.