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.
I’ll be left writing picture books and fairy tales.
I always say that I’ll have a go and see whether the poem works and if it does, then fine.
I see the shape of the poem before I start writing, and the writing is just the process of arriving at the shape.
I am always pleased to be asked to write a poem.
I always wanted a child. Being a mother is the central thing in my life.
Every day is a gift with a child, no matter what problems you have.
I like to think that I’m a sort of poet for our times.
The poem is the literary form of the 21st century. It’s able to connect young people in a deep way to language… it’s language as play.
I still read Donne, particularly his love poems.