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Peter Forbes tells Carole Angier about the appeal of objectivity and poetic forms, and discusses the art of mimicking nature — be it learning from burrs how to make velcro, or learning from animals how to camouflage armies.

‘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 a strange way writing is a communal activity, getting you out into the world to see it anew, to listen to it with generosity. ‘