Alan Wearne is Poet of the Month

Which poets have most influenced you?

Alan Wearne2I work for an outfit called Narrative Verse in English, our company founder being a man called Geoff, Geoff Chaucer. After him it’s up for grabs, though given what I write, Pope, Byron, Browning. Clough, Meredith, Frost, and Kenneth Koch rate very highly. I’d like to have been influenced by Auden, but alas I wasn’t. Outside of English … Juvenal and Pessoa.

Are poems chiefly inspired or crafted?

Both inspiration without craft and craft without inspiration are useless.

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