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10/24/1932 - 12/20/2008
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Most people ignore most poetry because most poetry ignores most people

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It's about sitting faithfully in England while thousands of miles away terrible atrocities are being committed in our name.

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[The maiden Olympics had more to protest about than mere war, though. Central to its ethos was a rejection of two establishments: the political one, certainly, but also that of the wider poetry world itself.] It changed poetry for ever in the UK, ... It led to readings all over the country. You suddenly got more women reading and publishing poems, as well as gay guys and poets from all over the world. Until that time, published poetry had been very university-based: white, male, middle-class. We were trying to break poetry out of its academic confines.

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It changed poetry for ever in the UK. It led to readings all over the country. You suddenly got more women reading and publishing poems, as well as gay guys and poets from all over the world. Until that time, published poetry had been very university-based: white, male, middle-class. We were trying to break poetry out of its academic confines.

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I don't like writing essays or theory.

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I use rock and jazz and blues rhythms because I love that music. I hope my poetry has a relationship with good-time rock'n roll.

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I use the language I use to my friends. They wouldn't believe me if I used some high-flown literary language. I want them to believe me.

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I want to speak, to sing to total strangers. It's my way of talking to the world.

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Most people ignore most poetry because most poetry ignores most people.

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Stadium rock and commercial rock are the opposite of what poetry needs. An audience of around 200 is ideal for poetry.

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