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Kevin Brophy is Poet of the Month

December 2018, no. 407

Kevin Brophy is Poet of the Month

December 2018, no. 407

Which poets have most influenced you?

John Keats, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Eric Beach, Myron Lysenko, Ania Walwicz, Elizabeth Bishop, Billy Collins, Charles Simic, Sylvia Plath, and Emily Dickinson – in that order through time; though tomorrow the answer would be a variation on this.

Are poems chiefly inspired or crafted?

No future for a poem without both craft and inspiration being involved, but no use for a poem unless it is first brought to life by inspiration (by breathing it in, then breathing it out).

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