There is some humour in ‘Family Values.’ I don’t want everyone to think it’s not going to make them laugh. But there are quite a lot of poems there that aren’t funny at all.
Possibly I’ve become less funny as I’ve been happier.
Bloody men are like bloody buses – you wait for about a year and as soon as one approaches your stop two or three others appear.
I’ve never been more famous than I was, suddenly, in 1986.
I’ve said what I’m prepared to say in my poems, and then journalists think that you’re going to tell them a whole lot more.
I like buying clothes, especially as I get a tax-deductible allowance.
I have a theory that if you’ve got the kind of parents who want to send you to boarding school, you’re probably better off at boarding school.
In my case, the long gaps between my books have got quite a lot to do with lack of confidence. A lot of the time when I’m not writing I start thinking I can’t do it.
The interesting thing is that you don’t often meet a poet who doesn’t have a sense of humour, and some of them do keep it out of their poems because they’re afraid of being seen as light versifiers.
I like a quiet life.