Why Do You Write Poetry? – John Tranter

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Hot on the heels of the last of last year’s WDYWP answers, here’s the first for fourteen in the form of a seven-part answer from none other than Mister John Tranter himself (Yes, that John Tranter. I’m gonna call this a coup. Because I can.).

Mr. Tranter’s segmented answer ably covers a lot of ground that is at turns mystical, practical, historical and ironic. Here’s a sample:

“Jesus, this is better than farming!” I cried, and I wrote poetry furiously from then on.

For the whole seven instalments, head to The Blue Corner forthwith. Which means now.

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I'm a dad and the author of the poetry collections The Third Fruit is a Bird and Not Quite the Man for the Job, the novel Man Bites Dog and the short story collection Heroes and Civilians.

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