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.
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.