As an Egyptian, I was always frustrated, just like many young Egyptians, of the situation in the country. And to a large extent, we didn’t know what could we do. And looking at Khaled’s photo after his death; basically I just felt that we are all Khaled Said.
I think the dangers are different now. Our abuse of the planet and our resources is an anxiety.
I am not a hero, O.K.? I am not a hero. I am a very ordinary person.
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.
If men had to do their vile work without the assistance of woman and the stimulant of strong drink they would be obliged to be more divine and less brutal.
Edinburgh is my favourite city. We’ll be doing a lot of children’s theatre and galleries.
The beginning of love is a horror of emptiness.
The poem is a form of texting… it’s the original text. It’s a perfecting of a feeling in language – it’s a way of saying more with less, just as texting is.
Poets deal in writing about feelings and trying to find the language and images for intense feelings.
I write in that space between Ella’s childhood and mine. I know it all sounds a bit sinister.