Resources on poetry by the poets themselves

What inspires you to write poetry?

What inspires you to write poetry?

Childhood. Childhood as a place rather than a time. A lost place- lost to the senses- to touch, sight, hearing, taste, smell- and the body. But not a lost time, because of memory.

My own child- who lives both in her place of childhood and in my time of motherhood- and who reminds me of my own childhood. Noticing her noticing what I cannot notice.

Language. The way people talk to conceal or reveal themselves. The fresh cheek of slang. The music of Shakespeare’s English echoing still now. The rhythms of living speech.

Love. Love of home and place, or time or child or lover. Love of people. Love of art or music.

Human behaviour and emotions.

Small moments of drama.