‘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.’
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‘There are poets I love but will hesitate to read if I am in the middle of writing a poem because I know their style is infectious. ‘
‘Writing poetry is about tuning in; language is the necessary crystal. Find the wavelength and everything connects with everything.’
Poets have always looked inward. They have always been fascinated by transformation. Few, however, have considered how the act of writing poetry itself might change them. The poet John Greening looks within, and behind, and finds himself changed.