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‘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. ‘
‘I can write anywhere, and under most conditions, and yet, despite having motive, means and opportunity, I frequently lack the resolve to commit the perfect rhyme.’
‘I can usually hold the first few words or line for an hour or two, but that’s all. Although I can practice writing I have to be ready and prepared.’