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Why write poetry, Poet?
It only started to flow from somewhere recently. I'm not sure why I do it;
mid-life crisis or something. I just get a notion about something and the poems just pop out.
How did you get started writing poetry?
I only started in January of 2004. I heard a poem written by a friend
of mine, Greg Addison, and thought .... "I can do that." His are much
better. Sitting alone in a restaurant one night I saw a young kid being
shooshed by his parents, they were embarrassed at the noise and, for what
ever reason, I collared the waiter and asked for a pen. I wrote, 'To Hear
an Angel Sing.'
Who were your influences?
To be perfectly honest, I have read very little poetry, I like some of Burns
and Tennyson but I guess my biggest influences would be old English hymns and
friend's stuff - "What a Philistine!" If I see something that moves me I write.
What is your favourite poetic verse?
Probably something like 'A Host of Golden Daffodils'. I remember some of it
from school. I must read more stuff.
Examples of poetry.
Who are the Scots?
Thomas Blake Glover (1838 - 1911) Born in Aberdeenshire, Glover went to Shanghai in China and then to Nagasaki as agent of the Jardine Matheson trading company. He was awarded the highest 'Order of the Rising Sun' for his contribution to modernising Japan, through industrialisation and smuggling Japanese students abroad to gain a better education. He may have provided the model for Puccini's 1904 Opera 'Madame Butterfly'.