Alan Wearne is Poet of the Month

Published in May 2018, no. 401

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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Published in May 2018, no. 401

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