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John Greening

John Greening

John Greening is a poet, critic and editor who has spent much of his life teaching adults and young people — in Scotland, the USA, and Cambridgeshire. Two years as...
John Greening

Writer's Block

Perhaps your subject went away; the war ended; you moved from your special place; the poet of youth grew old.
John Greening

My Reading Habits

Those heaps of books in the living room left as if to mark my territory, with their scruffy bookmarks, torn up poetry drafts may, of course, be evidence of a project.
John Greening

Marketing And Me

Buying books to sell at readings, buying more to send out as extra review copies; attending unlikely events in the unlikely hope that someone might be looking for poetry.
John Greening

Letter To My Readers

Think of yourself as a baby dropped in a swimming pool. You won’t drown, and… may even find you’re enjoying the experience.
John Greening

Why I Write

If you have to ask yourself why you write, then you probably shouldn’t be doing it. In my experience the best poems take both reader and author by surprise.
John Greening

How I Write

The blank page can be unnerving to a novelist preparing for the day’s long trek, but it’s a wasteland that poets have comfortably colonised.
John Greening

Letter To My Younger Self

True, your diaries tend to trail off around March after your birthday presents, but what about those days you sat pounding the old Underwood? ‘Crash, crash, crash’ was your opening line.
John Greening

Life-changing Literature

Although the 8mm silent version of Milton’s epic never made it to a sheet of painted hardboard near you, I think I was onto something.
John Greening

How Writing Changes The Writer

Writing poetry is about tuning in; language is the necessary crystal. Find the wavelength and everything connects with everything.
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