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'I'll resort to tea, but anything stronger would make things much worse. The likes of John Berryman or Dylan Thomas couldn't cope without alcohol. For others, it's been sex or the occult, and Sylvia Plath found inspiration in the proximity of death.'

Stephen Romer speaks with John Greening about the themes and technical preoccupations of his poetry, his life in France, his poetic influences and the deeply personal source material that inspired one of his collections.

A change of place, finding a new muse, pausing on a London bridge, all can stimulate the writer's imagination again, says John Greening. From a sexual potency operation for W.B.Yeats, to Clive James’ terminal illness, there are many ways to trigger inspiration.
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