What prompted you to begin writing poetry?

I suddenly began writing poems in my late 20s and I think looking back on it I think there were three things that happened at the same time: one was that I was working as a primary school teacher and I was doing a lot of creative work in music and poetry with the children and that was one thing that got me going; another was that I had just moved into a flat on my own so for the first time there was no one at home to talk to; and the third thing was that I'd been in psychoanalysis for six months when I suddenly began writing and I was getting in touch with some powerful feelings I didn't know I had and I needed some way of expressing them. So I think those are the reasons I suddenly began writing poems.


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