‘There are a number of ways a poem can happen. Sometimes there are those rare occasions when the poem arrives fully formed and just needs its tie straightening, so to speak.’
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‘I write far too much, I think, which means I have to decide which poems make it out of the notebook. Many are left behind. ‘
‘Nowadays my poetry is much more serious in both intent and content, but I’m still fascinated by the intensities of language and the freedom that poetry offers.’
In researching her biography of the artist Gwen John, Sue Roe sifted through hundreds of letters and notebooks, in archives held in Aberystwyth, Paris and New York. From these, she came to know a very different woman from the fragile recluse of popular myth.