The reason a poet is a poet is to write poems, not to advertise himself as a poet.
The usual picture of Socrates is of an ugly little plebeian who inspired a handsome young nobleman to write long dialogues on large topics.
It takes me three or four years to research and write each book and the individual stories stay with you for a long time afterwards.
It’s very hard to write humor.
I’ve learned any fool can write a bad ad, but it takes a real genius to keep his hands off a good one.
Each age, it is found, must write its own books; or rather, each generation for the next succeeding.
Even those who write against fame wish for the fame of having written well, and those who read their works desire the fame of having read them.
I’ve reached a point in life where it would be easy to let down my guard and write simple imagistic poems. But I don’t want to write poems that aren’t necessary. I want to write poems that matter, that have an interesting point of view.
Never advise anyone to go to war or to get married. Write down the advice of him who loves you, though you like it not at present. He that has no children brings them up well.
I get up at 5.30am, sluice myself and have two Weetabix and some mint tea, before starting to write by 6am.