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.
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.
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.
Poetry and prayer are very similar
Poets deal in writing about feelings and trying to find the language and images for intense feelings.
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.
It is a moon wrapped in brown paper.
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
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.
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.
What will you do now with the gift of your left life?
My prose is turgid, it just hasn't got any energy
I like to think that I'm a sort of poet for our times.
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.
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.
I still read Donne, particularly his love poems
I always wanted a child. Being a mother is the central thing in my life.
I see the shape of the poem before I start writing, and the writing is just the process of arriving at the shape.
As anyone who has the slightest knowledge of my work knows, I have little in common with Larkin, who was tall, taciturn and thin-on-top, and unlike him I laugh, nay, sneer, in the face of death. I will concede one point: we are both lesbian poets.
Time hates love, wants love poor,/but love spins gold, gold, gold from straw.
If we think of what's up ahead, with climate change and wars over water, it's very frightening.
I have piles of poetry books in the bathroom, on the stairs, everywhere. The only way to write poetry is to read it.
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