” I think that, as you get older, you want to be freer rather than more bound. “


” I really admire the great Japanese artists who could change their name three times in a lifetime. You could get rid of one and renew yourself. “


” You get early inoculation against the idea of success if you’re a poet. When I published my first collection of sonnets, I sold about five copies, now kids study them for A level. Wanting to be successful in that other world of money or fame is not interesting. Poetry isn’t like that, and it never has been. “


” There’s a kind of despair about whether art can really do anything, but you have to incorporate that despair into the way you work. I try to soak my work in my sense of futility and fury. “


” The imagination has its limits, and you have to face up to that. “


” For me, there is a paradox in poetry, which is like the paradox in tragedy. You have the most terrible subject, but it’s in a form that is so sensually gratifying that it connects the surviving heart to the despairing intellect. “


” You litter poems with too much learning when you’re younger. “



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I think that, as you get older, you want to be freer rather than more bound.
I really admire the great Japanese artists who could change their name three times in a lifetime. You could get rid of one and renew yourself.


You get early inoculation against the idea of success if you
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The imagination has its limits, and you have to face up to that.
For me, there is a paradox in poetry, which is like the paradox in tragedy. You have the most terrible subject, but it
You litter poems with too much learning when you
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