There is risk and truth to yourselves and the world before you.
Anybody serious about poetry knows how hard it is to achieve anything worthwhile in it.
The completely solitary self: that’s where poetry comes from, and it gets isolated by crisis, and those crises are often very intimate also.
I don’t do as many readings as I used to. There was a time when I was on the road a lot more, at home in Ireland, in Britain, in Canada and the States, a time when I had more stamina and appetite for it.
I think childhood is, generally speaking, a preparation for disappointment.
My father and mother had no sense of entitlement for their children.
Dylan Thomas is now as much a case history as a chapter in the history of poetry.
In a war situation or where violence and injustice are prevalent, poetry is called upon to be something more than a thing of beauty.
Whether it be a matter of personal relations within a marriage or political initiatives within a peace process, there is no sure-fire do-it-yourself kit.
Loyalism, or Unionism, or Protestantism, or whatever you want to call it, in Northern Ireland – it operates not as a class system, but a caste system.