What does Poetry do?

Malcolm Guite: "I once had a conversation with the poet Seamus Heaney on when poetry lives and works in people, as opposed to being printed on a page or worse still, studied in a university somewhere -  when does it actually become poetry?  We both agreed that it first becomes poetry when it shimmers into …

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A L Kennedy – what good writing is

Listening to "The Verb" BBC Podcast (episode 3 Feb 2018) on writing, yesterday, on a bus, I was astonished and captivated by comments on writing, by A L Kennedy:   What a writer should write: "From the writer's point of view, if you're not saying what it's burningly necessary for you to say, absolutely to …