Making an example of oneself isn’t always easy. Making an example of one’s poetry even less so.
Nevertheless, I took a stab at explaining some of the process behind writing the poem “Reading Dostoevsky in the John Lewis Café, Welwyn Garden City” in a new post on the Nine Arches Press blog. The poem appears toward the end of my new collection, Cyclone.
You can read the poem, and notes–on sincerity, irony, and class–as part of their “in conversation series”.