If ever it shall happen that in the house of the artisan you can turn on power as you can now turn on gas, you will then see men and women able to pursue in their own houses many industries which now require the aggregation of the factory.
Lord Salisbury, 1889
Poetry is no more a vocation than good health is.
Boris Pasternak Dr Zhivago
I started writing poetry when I was 11 and haven’t stopped yet. Marilyn Hacker and Zbigniew Herbert were early influences; Geoffrey Hill and August Kleinzahler more recent ones.