I like to use simple words, but in a complicated way.
For me, poetry is the music of being human. And also a time machine by which we can travel to who we are and to who we will become.
Poetry, above all is a series of intense moments its power is not in narrative. I'm not dealing with facts, I'm dealing
I write quite a lot of sonnets, and I think of them almost as prayers: short and memorable, something you can recite.
When you have a child, your previous life seems like someone else's. It's like living in a house and suddenly finding a room you didn't know was there, full of treasure and light
Poets deal in writing about feelings and trying to find the language and images for intense feelings.
You can find poetry in your everyday life, your memory, in what people say on the bus, in the news, or just what's in your heart.
My prose is turgid, it just hasn't got any energy
I think poetry can help children deal with the other subjects on the curriculum by enabling them to see a subject in a new way.
It is a moon wrapped in brown paper.
I like to think that I'm a sort of poet for our times.
Christmas is taken very seriously in this household. I believe in Father Christmas, and there's no way I'd do anything to undermine that belief.
Poetry and prayer are very similar
I see the shape of the poem before I start writing, and the writing is just the process of arriving at the shape.
Like the sand and the oyster, it's a creative irritant. In each poem, I'm trying to reveal a truth, so it can't have a fictional beginning.
What will you do now with the gift of your left life?
She stood upon a continent of ice, which sparkled between sea and sky, endless and dazzling, as though the world kept all its treasure there; a scale which balanced poetry and prayer.
It's always good when women win things in fiction because it tends to be more male-dominated, unlike poetry, which is more equal
I think all poets must feel this: that there is constantly something new to be discovered in the language. It's like a thrilling encounter, and you can find things.
If we think of what's up ahead, with climate change and wars over water, it's very frightening.
I still read Donne, particularly his love poems
I think the dangers are different now. Our abuse of the planet and our resources is an anxiety
Poets sing our human music for us.
Every day is a gift with a child, no matter what problems you have
The stars are filming us for no one.
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