Five Answers + Coda

How important is music to your poetry? “Music is an integral and interwoven part of my life and my poetry….” How do you know when a poem is finished? What do you feel poetry can accomplish that other forms can’t? Why is poetry important? When you require renewal, is there a particular poem or book that you return to? A particular author?  You can find my answers here plus the Coda: What poets changed the way you thought about poetry? With thanks to Thomas Whyte of poetry mini interviews.

I’ve also reached my favourite moment in the publishing of a new book: I’m reading my proof pages. My top favourite moment in my writing life is when I’m in the middle of a brand new poem but proof pages make the forthcoming book feel truly real. I also love when I can see which poems are face to face with each other on opposite pages. This comes down to the chance process of typesetting but I’m truly pleased by how all the poems are aligned.


  1. I love all your posts enormously.
    I love the way you “strive beyond” ….
    Looking forward to Field Guide

    Greetings, Inge Ebbinge

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