Have you always written poetry?

I started by writing short stories, and I published quite a few short stories in Kurdish when I was younger, when I was in my early twenties. I loved poetry, I knew a lot of poetry by heart, especially a lot of Kurdish and Persian poetry by heart, and I never imagined I could do it, I just thought... I need many more words, I need a lot of space to tell something, to make something happen. I guess I started writing poetry at the age of twenty, and it was love that made me into a poet, that's a cliché, but it's true. Before that I never imagined I could do it. And I guess that also happened when I read modern Persian poets of the sixties and seventies, they wrote about very ordinary, daily things and they made them extremely exciting, and when I read them I thought 'if this is poetry, maybe I can do it too!' But still, it took a long time after this thought, when I was already living in England, then I started writing poetry.

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