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.
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.
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.
I still have a feeling that I haven’t written the best that I can write. 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.
I have piles of poetry books in the bathroom, on the stairs, everywhere. The only way to write poetry is to read it.
Having a child takes you back to all those parts of your own childhood that you had hidden away.
Auden said poetry makes nothing happen. But I wonder if the opposite could be true. It could make something happen.
I write quite a lot of sonnets, and I think of them almost as prayers: short and memorable, something you can recite.
I think the dangers are different now. Our abuse of the planet and our resources is an anxiety.