I like to use simple words, but in a complicated way.
Poetry, above all is a series of intense moments its power is not in narrative. I'm not dealing with facts, I'm dealing
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.
I write quite a lot of sonnets, and I think of them almost as prayers: short and memorable, something you can recite.
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.
Poets deal in writing about feelings and trying to find the language and images for intense feelings.
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.
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.
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
It is a moon wrapped in brown paper.
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.
I see the shape of the poem before I start writing, and the writing is just the process of arriving at the shape.
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.
What do I haveto help me, without spell or prayer,endure this hour, endless, heartless, anonymous,the death of love?
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
Poetry and prayer are very similar
Every day is a gift with a child, no matter what problems you have
Better off dead than giving in; not taking what you want.
You have me like a drawing, erased, coloured in, untitled, signed by your tongue.
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