When did you start writing poems?

I started scribbling away, not too seriously, when I was quite young, especially when I was about ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen. I was really shy about talking to people, so I liked to scribble the ideas down and work out in secret what I wanted to say, rather than open my mouth and let the words pop out and then regret it. I have a theory that everybody in the world likes to make something. Some people like to make a cake, or a painting or a model, I really like to get a pile of words and make a poem out of them.

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