“If a man is called to be a street-sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well, that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”
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Q1: When did you start writing and first influences?
I wrote my first poem at the age of eight – it was a terrible thing about spiders. But, it’s no exaggeration to say that that poem changed the course of my life. When my parents read and reacted to it, I had this epiphany – how my idle scribblings could convey an idea from my head into someone else’s. It was a mind-blowing experience and I was immediately hooked! That was the first step on a 30-year career in writing and publishing.
My first influences were definitely dead old white men poets – Yeats, Kavanagh, Keats, Shelley… but that was because theirs is what was presented to me as poetry as a child. It was when I was 11 years old that I had another earth-shaking moment of discovery with poetry… Emily Dickinson: “If I…
“Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I am permitted to hold for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”
“Look across all sport and observe the truly great. All had this zest for combat, this taste for being truly tested (at the very highest level). All wished to explore the limits of their own possibilities.”
After finding that no upcoming books on my gigantic reading list were available at my local library, I placed holds on a bunch of them and they call came in at the same time. So I’ve been busy trying to read five books simultaneously.
The cover is pretty simple but still leaves you wondering what the book will be about, since the title is also vague. It looks like just someone delivering newspapers to houses. The scene is a little “pixelated,” but I’m not sure if it’s supposed to be computer-like or magical. It says Volume 1, and this book was published this year, so the next one will probably…