‘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.’