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Anybody who writes doesn't like to be misunderstood.
And the second question, can poetry be taught? I didn't think so.
And some poets are far better read off the page because they're very bad speakers. I'm thinking of one in particular whom I won't name, a good poet, and he reads in such a dry, boring way, your eyes start drooping.
And it's impossible for me to read Henry James.
And in a way, that's been a help to me, because I take great passions for a particular poet - sometimes it lasts for many years, sometimes only for a while. This happens to everybody.
And if they haven't got poetry in them, there's nothing you can do that will produce it.
All those authors there, most of whom of course I've never met. That's the poetry side, that's the prose side, that's the fishing and miscellaneous behind me. You get an affection for books that you've enjoyed.
All I write about is what's happened to me and to people I know, and the better I know them, the more likely they are to be written about.
A terrible thing about getting oldish is that your friends start dying, and in the last ten years I have lost seven or eight of my closest.
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