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.
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.
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
What will you do now with the gift of your left life?
It is a moon wrapped in brown paper.
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.
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's always good when women win things in fiction because it tends to be more male-dominated, unlike poetry, which is more equal
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.
Poetry and prayer are very similar
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.
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.
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.
Auden said poetry makes nothing happen. But I wonder if the opposite could be true. It could make something happen.
You have me like a drawing, erased, coloured in, untitled, signed by your tongue.
Better off dead than giving in; not taking what you want.
I have piles of poetry books in the bathroom, on the stairs, everywhere. The only way to write poetry is to read it.
Time hates love, wants love poor,/but love spins gold, gold, gold from straw.
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