What do you find most difficult about writing poetry?
It’s bloody hard work! The most difficult part, for me, when working on a poem, is that I am continuously thinking about it even when I am not actually sitting down and writing. Whether I am out for a walk -which is when I do much of my thinking/composing- or washing dishes or watching a film, that poem just won’t leave me alone, it is all consuming. Until it is down on paper and finished, there is constant battle in my head. Sometimes I get up in the middle of the night to write down a line or a word, just so I won’t forget it. It’s like having a thesaurus-carrying monkey on you back. Sometimes you love the monkey, sometimes you hate them.