Why did you start writing poetry?

I started to write for three reasons, one is that I experienced a lot of bullying when I was younger, until I got bigger than everybody else and they stopped and writing was one way to express my feelings. Also I had an older brother and we all know about sibling rivalry - I was jealous of him, he wrote poems so I could too and the third reason was 'lurve'. The girl was twelve I was eleven, I wrote her rubbish love poems. She lived in Leeds and I asked her to come and live with me, but it didn't work out - "And my heart, how it still bleeds/for Sharon Smith, who lived in Leeds."

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