I don't want my poems to be sentimental, though I do acknowledge that sentiment is probably rather under-reported in a lot of people's feelings a lot of the time.— Andrew Motion
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Poems are a hotline to our hearts, and we forget this emotional power at our peril
But Wordsworth is the poet I admire above all others.
I read ' Treasure Island' for the first time at university.
And I started to notice then how unresolved some things were. Later, I realised that Stevenson was interested in sequels, and I wondered whether he would have gone back to it had he lived longer.
But in a lot of ways my poems are very conventional, and it's no big deal for me to write a poem in either free verse or strict form; modern poets can, and do, do both.
I am writing more than I have ever done. My life has come back to me in the most extraordinary way.
I like eating out. I like buying beautiful paintings and being surrounded by beautiful things. I have to finance that life. I can barely afford a pension scheme because I don't make enough money.
I deeply adored my mum. She was an extraordinary person, even for the prejudice I'm likely to have. She was beautiful, amusing, a tremendous elaborator of things into comic proportions and extravagant in her imagination.
Like a lot of people, for a long time I thought that the road to hell is paved with bad sequels.
Each sudden gust of light explains itself as flames, but neither they, nor even bombs redoubled on the hills tonight can quite include me in their fear.
In a fragile environment, we need to be aware of ourselves as members of a uniquely powerful species living among other species who are quite as interesting as we are but vulnerable to us because we are cleverer in more destructive ways.
I shall try to write a poem that is about the moment but doesn't betray things that are true to me as a poet.
I get up at 5.30am, sluice myself and have two Weetabix and some mint tea, before starting to write by 6am.
Honor the miraculousness of the ordinary.
While also, importantly, not wanting to dumb it down or pretend the days of 'difficult' poetry are over, because we live in a pluralist culture and there's room for 'difficult' poetry alongside rap and everything else. And poetry won't be for everyone, but everyone should have the choice.
I am a vigilant monarchist. I want to see things evolve. The direction the monarchy seems to be moving in - towards a more mainland-European model - is one I would feel sympathetic about.
You see the names of places roundabout? They're mine now, and I've turned them inside out.
But I can't and don't ever want to write bell-yanking confetti-tossing hat-throwing poems.
These places, and the ancient things you know, You won't know soon. I'm working on it now.'
Jenni Fagan is the real thing, and The Panopticon is a real treat: maturely alive to the pains of maturing, and cleverly amused as well as appalled by what it finds in the world.
I've found a different way to scent the air: already it's a by-word for despair.
I write between 5.30am and 9.00. That way, I hope I carry over something from my dream time.