Geoffrey Hill on Making and Self-Making

The world is full of noise, the noise of opinion. Are you going to be able to master some small aspect of it, and use it in the making of your own voice? Or is it stronger than you are? Do I mean stronger or just louder? These particular difficulties, and other vaguer apprehensions seem to me to be the force field of making and, in a way, self-making.

Even now when the things are coming fairly quickly, I do feel that everything that I write is a kind of battle won—or lost—against silence and incoherence. And I think there is something naturally incoherent in me, just as I think there is probably something, at some level, anarchic, because the kind of obsessive concern I have with order in the early work is one that somebody has who feels all the time how endangered order is, and what a potential threat to order he is. 

~ The late Geoffrey Hill

Geoffrey Hill on Making and Self-Making

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  1. Good morning, Matt,

    I’m not sure I understand this post; let’s discuss it while you are here this week, ok?

    Dad and I are certainly looking forward to having you here with us…we can’t wait! Drive carefully and we’ll see you in 12-13 hours.

    Love and blessings for you today, Matt.


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