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Born: 1951-06-20
Profession: Poet
Nation: English
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I suppose for whatever reason I actively welcome being put down, something which perhaps goes back to my upbringing - that accusation of not being worthy which could be laid at one's door.

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For whatever reason, people, including very well-educated people or people otherwise interested in reading, do not read poetry.

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Frost isn't exactly despised but not enough people have worked out what a brilliant poet he was.

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I believe that these devices like repetition and rhyme are not artificial, that they're not imposed, somehow, on the language.

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I certainly am interested in accessibility, clarity, and immediacy.

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I do a lot of readings.

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I live in New Jersey now, which always gets a bad rap here and there, but I must say, I enjoy living here too.

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I was born in Northern Ireland in 1951. I lived most of my life there until 1986 or 1987.

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I'm sure 50 percent of television ads use rhyme.

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It seems to me the structure of the Quartets is too imposed.

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Living at that pitch, on that edge, is something which many poets engage in to some extent.

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Of course, you can't legislate for how people are going to read.

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One will never again look at a birch tree, after the Robert Frost poem, in exactly the same way.

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That's one of the great things about poetry; one realises that one does one's little turn - that you're just part of the great crop, as it were.

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The other side of it is that, despite all that, people reach out to poetry at the key moments in their lives.

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We simply have not kept in touch with poetry.

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Words want to find chimes with each other, things want to connect.

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Obviously one of the things that poets from Northern Ireland and beyond - had to try to make sense of was what was happening on a day-to-day political level.

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On the other hand, at some level the mass of unresolved issues in Northern Ireland does influence the fact that there are so many good writers in the place.

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The ground swell is what's going to sink you as well as being what buoys you up. These are cliches also, of course, and I'm sometimes interested in how much one can get away with.

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What I try to do is to go into a poem - and one writes them, of course, poem by poem - to go into each poem, first of all without having any sense whatsoever of where it's going to end up.

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Your average pop song or film is a very sophisticated item, with very sophisticated ways of listening and viewing that we have not really consciously developed over the years - because we were having such a good time.

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