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".