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The Friday Poem
A poem every Friday
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What does Emma Simon say?
I got into poetry at school. I remember one hot sweaty day my English teacher saying that kind of weather
What does Richie McCaffery say?
I took a fairly predictable teenage route into poetry, discovering Dylan Thomas and falling under his spell. I had an
What does Matthew Paul say?
I had a succession of very engaging English teachers. For 'A' level, our texts included Robert Lowell and Donne, both
What does Mat Riches say?
I got into poetry by accident. I remember writing some sort of rhyming thing around the age of five. It
What does Carl Tomlinson say?
It's hard to remember a time when poetry didn't delight me. I'm enchanted by the possibilities of language. Poetry seems to be
What does Bruno Cooke say?
While studying Comparative Literature at Queen Mary University of London I regularly performed on the spoken word circuit in London,
What does Hilary Menos say?
I like poetry that keeps the lid on AND lets the pig out. My favourite single line of poetry is:
What does Chris Edgoose say?
I've enjoyed poetry since studying it at school — the War Poets and Elizabeth Jennings left a particular impression —
What does Maggie Mackay say?
I found poetry through the Open University creative writing courses which I studied after retirement from teaching. My tutor recommended
What does Charlotte Gann say?
I loved it studying English at school. I remember being cast as First Voice in Under Milk Wood in the
What does Steven Lovatt say?
How did I get into poetry? Externally, having librarians for parents helped. Temperamentally it’s more complicated — something to do
What does Rory Waterman say?
At primary school, we had a teacher who encouraged us to write poems, and I realised I was relatively good