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Born: 1955-12-23
Profession: Poet
Nation: British
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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.

Tags: Heart, Life, Poetry

I grew up in a bookless house - my parents didn't read poetry, so if I hadn't had the chance to experience it at school I'd never have experienced it. But I loved English, and I was very lucky in that I had inspirational English teachers, Miss Scriven and Mr. Walker, and they liked us to learn poems by heart, which I found I loved doing.

Tags: Experience, Poetry, School

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.

Tags: Best, Feeling, Write

If I felt, in the event of a royal wedding, inspired to write about people coming together in marriage or civil partnership, I would just be grateful to have an idea for the poem. And if I didn't, I'd ignore it.

Tags: Marriage, Together, Wedding

The moment of inspiration can come from memory, or language, or the imagination, or experience - anything that makes an impression forcibly enough for language to form.

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The poem is a form of texting... it's the original text. It's a perfecting of a feeling in language - it's a way of saying more with less, just as texting is.

Tags: Feeling, Less, Saying

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.

Tags: Life, Living, Someone

I have piles of poetry books in the bathroom, on the stairs, everywhere. The only way to write poetry is to read it.

Tags: Poetry, Read, Write

I write quite a lot of sonnets, and I think of them almost as prayers: short and memorable, something you can recite.

Tags: Almost, Short, Write

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.

Tags: Creative, Truth, Trying

Auden said poetry makes nothing happen. But I wonder if the opposite could be true. It could make something happen.

Tags: Happen, Poetry, True

Between 9am and 3pm is when I work most intensely.

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Christmas is taken very seriously in this household. I believe in Father Christmas, and there's no way I'd do anything to undermine that belief.

Tags: Father, Seriously

Edinburgh is my favourite city. We'll be doing a lot of children's theatre and galleries.

Tags: Children, City, Theatre

Every day is a gift with a child, no matter what problems you have.

Tags: Child, Matter, Problems

Having a child takes you back to all those parts of your own childhood that you had hidden away.

Tags: Away, Child, Takes

I always say that I'll have a go and see whether the poem works and if it does, then fine.

Tags: Fine, Whether, Works

I always wanted a child. Being a mother is the central thing in my life.

Tags: Life, Mother, Wanted

I am always pleased to be asked to write a poem.

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I like to think that I'm a sort of poet for our times.

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I see the shape of the poem before I start writing, and the writing is just the process of arriving at the shape.

Tags: Process, Start, Writing

I still read Donne, particularly his love poems.

Tags: Love, Poetry, Read

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.

Tags: Children, Help, Poetry
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I think the dangers are different now. Our abuse of the planet and our resources is an anxiety.

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I write in that space between Ella's childhood and mine. I know it all sounds a bit sinister.

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I'll be left writing picture books and fairy tales.

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If we think of what's up ahead, with climate change and wars over water, it's very frightening.

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It's always good when women win things in fiction because it tends to be more male-dominated, unlike poetry, which is more equal.

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My prose is turgid, it just hasn't got any energy.

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Poetry and prayer are very similar.

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Poets deal in writing about feelings and trying to find the language and images for intense feelings.

Tags: Feelings, Trying, Writing

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.

Tags: Able, Deep, Young