I write quite a lot of sonnets, and I think of them almost as prayers: short and memorable, something you can recite.
Poets deal in writing about feelings and trying to find the language and images for intense feelings.
I have piles of poetry books in the bathroom, on the stairs, everywhere. The only way to write poetry is to read it.
I'll be left writing picture books and fairy tales
I am always pleased to be asked to write a poem.
I see the shape of the poem before I start writing, and the writing is just the process of arriving at the shape.
If I felt, in the event of a royal wedding, inspired to write about people coming together in marriage or civil partnership, I would just be grateful to have an idea for the poem. And if I didn't, I'd ignore it.
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